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Dudes, Where's my car?

Another Albany Car Victim speaks out

February 1, 2007

Albany-  Another complaint tonight that Albany Police aren't doing their job.  An Albany man says police didn't do enough to find his car after it was stolen.  His complaint comes on the heels of our story last night in which Probate Judge Nancy Stephenson said the same thing. Her stolen car was recovered only after the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office got involved.

Ernest Creel worked hard to restore a 1987 Monte Carlo Super Sport like this one, and was devastated when thieves took it from his son's Nottingham Apartment last March.

"He sounded like he was crying when he told me, he said Dad the car's gone, and I couldn't believe him, I thought he was teasing me at first, I said No," said Ernest Creel, car theft victim.

After seeing our story Wednesday with car theft victim, Judge Nancy Stephenson, Creel agrees that Albany Police don't do enough to catch car thieves.

"He acted completely disinterested in even talking to me about it, I just got the impression I was bothering him when I called up to talk to him," said Creel.

Albany Police say they took his information and put it into the Crime Information Computer system.

"Once he completed the incident report he would have disseminated the information to our front desk area which those personals would have placed into the GCIC and NCIC," said Lt. Kenn Singleton.

But they would have to stop that vehicle before anyone would know that it was stolen. Is there anything that can be done to get that information out there to let other agencies once that car is stolen to make everyone aware of it right away?

"Actually the officer that handles the motor vehicle theft, he or she once they get that information they can call headquarters and they can put a look out for that vehicle at that point in time over the radio," said Singleton.

But that's the only time information that's shared. If an officer isn't near a radio or isn't working at the time he'd never hear the lookout. The Albany Police would have share the information between shifts for up to four days, but not with other department shifts, at least not for a stolen vehicle. For Creel's car it's probably too late.

"The car is an older model vehicle and somebody probably needed the vehicle and it was stolen for a chop shop," said Sgt. Maurice Jones.

Creel still doesn't understand why there can't be more communication between the departments, he feels then he might have had a chance on someone spotting what was probably the last car he'd ever own.

Probate Judge Nancy Stephenson finally went to the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office and they found her car, one months after it was stolen. 

In the last six months of 2006, 246 cars were reported stolen to Albany Police. One hundred and seventy five of those were found.  

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