Stolen car returned to family, children's gifts missing from trunk

Stolen car returned to family, children's gifts missing from trunk
Do you recognize this man? He was caught on camera and is a suspect in a car theft

Watch KVAL News at 5 & 6 for Dee Dee Gatton's full report.


EUGENE, Ore. -  After having his car was stolen from a fenced parking lot almost a week ago, Joshua Roland was reunited with his Toyota Corolla on Saturday.

Roland told KVAL reporters he was contacted Saturday by someone who spotted his car on Charnelton Alley after they had seen a  suspect and vehicle description on our news broadcast. He met with police at the scene and drove the car away that evening.

Eugene Police say they have a suspect in the theft, however they are still working on their investigation and haven't moved forward with issuing charges.

The Corolla had a few dings and dents that weren't there earlier in the week. When Roland looked inside he found that everything had been taken, including the family's Christmas gifts that were being stored in the trunk of the car. 

“Pretty much everything we have was in that car for the kids for Christmas,” Roland said.

His fiancé Sarah Conboy said she left the gifts in the trunk so that the couple's two young daughters wouldn't find them.

The car was stolen at around 3:45 p.m. Monday outside of Catalyst Technology Group on Franklin Boulevard - Roland's workplace. He said he always kept a spare set of keys in the car.

Since the story aired, Roland said the community rallied to help make their Christmas special. Through community donations they managed to replace most of the gifts, and got a puppy as well.

"If it weren't for the community's help, kids wouldn't have had as good of a Christmas," said Roland. "I'm so glad to know there's a lot of good people out there."