Eagle-eyed Troy cops find elderly woman's stolen car

July 17, 2019 07:06 PM

TROY - A woman was dropping off donations at the Salvation Army in Troy, when someone took off with her car. She got it back, thanks to alert Troy police officers.

The 85-year-old woman was on King Street in Troy, putting clothes and blanket donations in Salvation Army bins, when she turned around to get more things, and someone was in her car.


"She pulls up in front of the box right here, and she goes in the trunk, grabs a bag, throws it in the bins, comes back out, puts her hand in to open the back door and she sees somebody's in the car. And she says, 'Hey, what are you doing?' And the guy just sped off," said son Chuck Fentekes.

He's a third generation owner of Hot Dog Charlie's.

The fact that someone would steal from an elderly woman while she's doing an act of charity leaves him shaking his head.

"I just can't explain it. What's going on with this world," he said.

A couple days later, early Wednesday morning, Troy officers on patrol who had heard the description of the car, spotted it in North Central on 7th Avenue.

Police arrested the driver, 44-year-old April Mahoney of Troy. She's facing charges of criminal possession of stolen property,  unlicensed operation, and criminal posession of a controlled substance. 

Officer Thompson, who initially made the stop and made the arrest, solid officer, but what he has going through his mind is the information from every roll call from the past few days, every stolen vehicle, every significant incident, and he's able to zone in on one specific incident that he recalled from an earlier mention by his shift supervisor and then coordinate an effort to bring that to a successful conclusion. That's really important to show that these guys are qualified, they're competent and they're out there doing the right thing for the right reason, simply because it's the right thing to do," said Troy Police Captain Steven Barker.

"They did a great job. It happened fast, how they stopped, he said he pulled the car over, they pulled right over, which was great," said Fentekes.

Police say they are still looking into who stole the car. Their investigation is far from over.

Fentekes says he would like to thank Troy police for doing such a great job. He says his mother was not hurt, and that that is the main thing.


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