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Couple's first local Christmas ruined by truck theft

Lonnie and Amy Hobson
Posted at 1:02 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 14:11:02-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Amy and Lonnie Hobson moved their family into a new home on Nov. 1.

They were ready for their first Christmas in Corpus Christi.

But on Saturday shortly before 1 a.m., Amy woke to a disturbance that would lead up to tragedy after hearing what sounded like a damaged car driving down the road.

Minutes later, Hobson noticed someone was starting the family truck.

She says as it was leaving the driveway she ran after it.

She says the Corpus Christi Police Department told her that F-250's like theirs are common stolen vehicles.

“We asked the police and they said it's the Ford trucks specifically are highly stolen here, it's the number one stolen vehicle in Texas, I found out,” she said. “And they can punch the lock out super fast and punch the ignition super fast. He (the policeman) said literally in seconds your truck can be gone and that's what happened.”

According to the CCPD Auto Theft Task Force, the the best way to safeguard your vehicle is by keeping the doors locked and not leaving any valuables in the car.

They also suggest being proactive in getting a GPS tracker for your vehicle.