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May 7, 2012 9:14 PM

Car thieves strike twice against same woman in same place

TUCSON - A Tucson woman has had enough of Wal-Mart; this after her car was stolen or vandalized from the parking lot, not once but twice.

It happened at the Wal-Mart near the Foothills Mall over an 8 month period.

When you think of auto thefts you probably think late at night and in a shady area, but Nicole Jackson said that wasn't the case for her.

Jackson said, "It was on a Sunday afternoon, 2 o'clock broad daylight. It was busy, people all over the place."

But that didn't stop the criminals and she said the surveillance video she watched shows just that.

Jackson said, "He looks through my windows again, goes to his vehicle and gets some equipment. He pops my lock, opens my door and in 2 minutes my truck was gone."

Eight months later the same thing, the crooks just weren't as successful.

She said, "He believed they were trying to steal it and this person didn't know what they were doing so they just damaged everything and took what they could. They took my stereo, iPod, even my chargers and plugs things. They took all that."

They were two quick thefts that sent Jackson on an emotional roller coaster. She said, "I went from you gotta be kidding me, to anger. What's going on around here? I think it's kind of laughable. I think there security is laughable to criminals."

But to her it's not funny at all. She said, "If I'm going to spend my hard earned money somewhere, I want the establishment to make an effort to try to protect my assets while I'm in their store."

A feeling she said she just doesn't get from Wal-Mart anymore. Jackson said, "Absolutely not. Wal-Mart will never get another dime of my money."

The Pima County Sheriff's Department did look at the surveillance video but said it was too grainy to make out a description.

As for Wal-Mart they got back to us and said it's an unfortunate incident that they will look into. However, spokesperson Dianna Gee said, crime happens at all retail stores and you just can't stop all of it. They went on to say they think they do have adequate security even though this particular Wal-Mart does not have outside security.

Gee said, "We are confident we have the right safety measures in place but there's always room for improvement and we'll take this information that you're sharing with us and look into it."

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