By the end of the day, the car had lost about half its value.
But the day after, the driver and the passengers in the van were no better off.
“It’s kind of hard to know how to explain it,” the passenger said.
“I just want them to know that this is not the way things were.”
The car, a 2007 Cadillac Eldorado LP400, was parked in front of the Montgomery Transit Center on Friday, August 25, 2018, in Montgomery, Ala.
The van had been parked on the curb at the station since August 24, 2018.
By the time the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the scene, it was too late to salvage the vehicle, so the van’s owner was towed from the parking lot.
On Saturday, the van was recovered by Montgomery County’s sheriff’s office.
The driver of the vehicle was arrested, charged with theft, and released without bond.
“I was just so glad that we had the opportunity to recover the vehicle,” Montgomery Transit center spokeswoman Lauren Karp told the Birmingham News.
“This was not a great situation for the occupants.
We took care of everything, and we made sure the van had enough room for everybody to use it.”
A Montgomery Transit spokesperson told AL.com that the van is in “very good condition,” and the driver has been placed on administrative leave.
It was the third theft from the Montgomery transit center, but this time, the owner was charged with criminal mischief and issued a citation for resisting arrest.
The Montgomery Transit Police Department tweeted out a statement on Saturday evening, which read, “The Montgomery Police Department has taken possession of the stolen vehicle.
The Montgomery Transit station was reopened on Saturday.
Montgomery Transit will have a full and thorough investigation into the theft.”
Karp told AL the owner of the van, who has been charged with a misdemeanor, has been released on his own recognizance.
In the meantime, Montgomery Transit has announced that it will provide $10,000 in reward money to anyone who can identify the person who stole the van.
A spokesperson for the Montgomery Transportation Department said the department will continue to monitor and provide updates on the investigation.