Hospice aide's SUV stolen from her driveway in Gresham
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -
A Gresham hospice aide wants to know who stole her SUV right out of her driveway with all of her work supplies inside along with some Christmas presents for her kids.
JoAnn Alley, who puts about 30 to 50 miles on her 1999 Chevrolet Suburban every day while traveling to see patients, said the theft happened sometime between 8:45 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday.
Just listening to her read some of the cards she's received from her patients' families, it's easy to tell she loves working in hospice care.
"I don't look at what I do as a job," Alley said. "It's a calling to me."
It's hard for Alley to hold back tears while thinking about the impact a heartless thief has had on her work and her family.
On Thursday morning, Alley's husband noticed the SUV was gone when he went to leave for work, she said. Alley had the SUV for about 11 years.
"He came out and came back in and woke me up and said, 'Where's the Suburban?' I panicked and said, 'are you kidding me?'" Alley said.
Alley said she backed the Suburban into her driveway along Southeast First Street at around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday after picking up some ice cream for her family. Her tinted windows were rolled up and the doors were locked, she said.
All the work supplies she always carries with her were in the back of the SUV along with Christmas presents for her two kids. She had planned to hide the gifts inside her home, Alley said.
"I was waiting for the right opportunity, which I regret now," Alley said. "But I was waiting for the right opportunity to bring them in."
To make matters worse, Alley only had liability insurance on the SUV, she said. She had to cut back earlier this year to cover some unexpected medical expenses.
"It's hard. It's really hurtful, but we keep moving forward," Alley said.
Alley said she gets angry at times at whoever did this to her family.
"You have no right. You have no right," Alley said.
Her SUV is a white, 1999 Chevrolet Suburban with Oregon license plates. The license plate number is 428-BRY.
Alley said she's already missed two days of work, and is now trying to figure out how she's going to get around long term.
All she wants is to see her SUV get returned.
"Just my car back. That's all," Alley said.
Alley said the Christmas presents inside the SUV when it was stolen were worth about $300.
Alley has filed a police report to document what happened. If you have any information about where her SUV is, or who stole it, contact the Gresham Police Department.
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