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One Spokane woman feels victimized twice because she can’t get her stolen car back. One Spokane woman feels victimized twice because she can’t get her stolen car back.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

One Spokane woman feels victimized twice because she can’t get her stolen car back.

Melanie Lawson was able to get the items out of her car at the impound lot.

“This is all we were able to salvage,” she says referring to some fishing poles and items from the trunk.

They just bought the car and spent hundreds fixing it up so they could drive it. But as soon as they parked it out on the side of the street, it was stolen, and left on the side of the freeway. It was towed and when she called about it, she was told it would cost $400 to get it back.

“It’s hard to sleep at night knowing that people are out there just take everything and you're left with nothing,” Lawson says.

They were still in the process of getting it insured. She can’t afford the fee and can’t afford to fix the damages to the car either.

“I'm not even sure how to move forward at this point,” she says.

So it remains at the lot.

“It’s a total wash. There's no way to even salvage it,” she says.

For Melanie, it's the final straw.

“I just can't believe that this is happening all over again like with the bikes last summer and the car this year, I just feel like you can buy your stuff and work hard for it and people can just come and take it and there's nothing you can do,” Lawson says.

Most insurance companies reimburse impound lot fees if it’s not excessive and if you are a car theft victim. Check with your insurance to be sure.

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