LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — A dinner out in Lexington turned into a major headache for a central Kentucky woman when her van was stolen while she ate.

Making matters worse, she’s a single mother to a child with special needs. That van was her lifeline.

It happened on Nov 20. Surveillance video shows two suspects crossing Vine Street and walking toward a parking lot where a local restaurant parks valeted cars.

Police aren’t sure how the thieves were able to drive off with the van because the restaurant still had the woman’s keys. Within seconds of them getting into the van, you see headlights turn on, then they make a right-hand turn on to Vine Street, headed toward Midland Avenue.

Lexington Police found the wrecked van days later.

“An officer was just on patrol downtown on Johnson Avenue,” said Det. Anthony Delimpo. “Saw this van, nothing was suspicious, but he saw several juveniles fleeing from the van and when the officer ran the tag, he found it was, in fact, a stolen vehicle.”


There was a lot of damage to the van. So much so, the woman’s insurance totaled it leaving her without a way to drive her children around.

Detectives know the video of the suspects isn’t great, but the people who stole it likely talked to someone about the crime or posted about their joyriding on social media.

If you know anything about the crime or any others that sound like it, you can leave your anonymous information with Crime Stoppers. Call the tip line at 859-253-2020 or log onto p3tips.com. You could earn up to $1,000 for your information.