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Woman: Car used in SE Houston chase was stolen year after losing key

Friday, August 23, 2013

There's a strange twist to a Monday night car chase that came to an end after the suspect crashed into a southeast Houston home. A woman says she was shocked to see her stolen car in that video.

It was not how Octavia Anderson had hoped to start her day. Her Dodge Challenger was stolen last week.

"It's almost like losing a loved one," Anderson said.

Her assigned parking space remains empty, her anger directed.

"I just want to let everybody know. You've got to be careful. You need to hide your keys and hide your cars because they're stealing," Anderson said.

You see, last September, Anderson moved apartments and when she settled in, she noticed something was missing.

"The keys were in this drawer. When I came back to new apartment, those keys were not in this drawer," she said.

She complained to the moving company and hoped it would all be OK, but then last week rolled around.

"Almost a year later, they came back and got the car," Anderson said.

And worse, on Monday night, her car was the subject of a police chase in southeast Houston. Anderson saw our video of it on Facebook after it had plunged into a house. Authorities believe Darnell Sanders was behind the wheel.

"I thank God nobody got hurt in that house," Anderson said.

No one answered at the address listed for the moving company. But we talked to the owner on the phone, and he did confirm Anderson reported the key missing last year.

"I don't think my guys took those keys. Darnell didn't work for me," the company owner told us.

Now Anderson is left with a totaled car and a bad taste for movers.

"We're never hiring another mover ever again," she said.

Police are still looking for Sanders. He allegedly ran off after crashing that car.

Anderson says believes whoever stole her car had to have had the key because there was no broken glass left behind, and her car has one of those anti-theft, push-to-start features.

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