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Thieves steal teen's first vehicle

Posted at 10:25 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 23:37:28-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Thieves left a teenage girl in tears after they swiped her first vehicle before she could even drive it. 

Samantha Givens worked for nearly a year to save up and buy a used jeep and now it is gone. Samantha's sister, Ashley Holmes borrowed the Jeep Friday night to meet her fiance for dinner and drinks in Plainfield. She rode home with him and left the locked jeep in the Wendy's parking spot, but someone stole it.

Givens has worked a minimum wage job, saving up for about a year to buy the $900 jeep and pay for repairs.

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"She works so hard and I feel so bad that this happened to her. If it was me that'd be one thing but it's my 17-year-old sister, you know what I mean, it wasn't like it was a BMW sitting here. It was a $900 Jeep," Holmes said. 

"I mean how would you feel if someone took your first car, that you saved up months for?" Givens said. 

To make matters worse, Samantha never had a chance to drive her jeep. This week is her driver's exam to get her license and now she'll have to figure out another way to get to school and work. 


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