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Car stolen from home in Cape Coral

Posted at 12:51 AM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 07:11:57-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Jennifer Ciminati woke up for work Monday morning and realized her car was stolen from her driveway.

"I don’t sleep. I don’t know how I’m going to get to the places I need to go. I don’t know how I’m going to afford a new car," she said.

Someone broke into her boyfriend's car, stole her spare car key and drove away in her car.

Cape Coral police records show five reported car thefts in Ciminati's neighborhood this year and 18 reported in the city so far. 

Even though those numbers are low compared to other cities, the incident has Ciminati on edge. 

"Every little noise you hear even during the just panic. You think is someone else coming up? It’s just a horrible thing to do to somebody."

And she says it's not just the car. It's what's inside.

"I just want my dad’s stuff," she said.

She said he passed away five years ago. She kept his rosary hanging from her rearview mirror, just like he did.

And now she's taking extra steps to keep her home safe. She's installed a camera at her door and changed all of the locks. She says she misses her normal routine.

"I want to be able to take my kids to school. I want to be able to go to work," she said.

She's borrowing a friend's car to get around for now. Police have not released any information about who may have stolen the car. Ciminati urges anyone with information to contact police immediately.