Nashville woman’s car stolen outside of Donelson tobacco store

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville woman is on a mission after her family car was stolen when the keys were accidentally left inside.

It only took two minutes to turn Vanessa Crimmons’ life upside down.

But while the suspect took her car and sense of security, they left behind critical evidence Friday night.

“I came down the road, stopped here at the tobacco store, ran in for literally three seconds, walked back out, and my car was gone,” Crimmons told News 2.

She panicked and scoured the parking lot of RH Tobacco and Beer on Donelson Pike.

“I had to do a double take. I looked twice. I was like, ‘It’s nowhere to be found’,” said Crimmons. “I ran out to the street; I looked everywhere.”

She next stopped by the tobacco store’s office in search of surveillance video.

Cameras did in fact catch the suspect in the act as the Chrysler fled with Crimmons’ whole life inside.

“My wallet, my phone, they have my house keys, they have my work keys,” she said. “I actually had a necklace in there that my mom had given me a few years ago. It was actually the first piece of jewelry she had ever given me.”

Metro police have since recovered her wallet, but the contents had been emptied out.

Now her only hope is that surveillance photos break the case heading into a holiday season of uncertainty.

“I work a full-time job. I work for a living. I help my mom out because she’s on disability,” said Crimmons. “If I don’t have a car, how am I going to do that? How am I supposed to help her?”

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is urged to contact Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

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