Going bargain hunting at an Allapattah Goodwill store cost a local senior thousands of dollars on Friday.
"When I see my car was not in the parking, I say 'Oh my car!'," says Justina Rubio who lives a few minutes away from the store on Northwest 21st Street and 22nd Avenue.
Rubio said she parked her 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee near the front of the store just before noon. The store's surveillance camera caught an unmarked white tow-truck hauling it away.
Witnesses would have been none the wiser because it is not uncommon to see a tow truck removing a vehicle in an area with many parking meters and tow away zone signs.
"Friday, Saturday. Sunday, today, I don't eat nothing," Rubio said.
She earns a living as a housekeeper. She said she worked hard to buy her vehicle, showing the title to prove she owns it. After talking to Miami Police and other alleged victims, she and her family are convinced she's not the only person who's been conned.
"The detective herself told my sister that that's not the first case a car has been stolen by a white tow truck that has no name," said Jose Rubio, her son.
It hurts him to know his mom's hard work was hauled away by an alleged car thief. Justina Rubio was shopping for clothes to send to the Dominican Republic when the crime happened.
"I just hope he needed the car more than my mom. What goes around comes around," her son said.
If you have any more information that can help police in this case, you should call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS.