In a series of truly unfortunate events, a hardworking Utah teen had her car stolen… before she ever got a chance to drive it. Jessica Nunn had been working all summer to save enough money to buy herself a used car. She was motivated to do so because she recognized the effort her parents had to make to get her all the places she needed to go, and wanted to make things easier on them.
“That’s what makes it hard, they have to drop everything they are doing just to get me there,” Jessica said about her parents.
She got a job at Dunkin Donuts and worked 40 hour weeks. “I work every day. I was feeling good, I was like ‘this is gonna be great.'”
After working all summer with the goal of getting a car, she finally had enough money. Last month, she and her family headed to D&B Customs in South Salt Lake to pick out a new set of wheels, and the high school senior decided on a silver 1996 Honda Accord.
“They came in and asked us to help them find a car because that’s how good they trust us,” D&B Customs owner David Pacheco told KSTU-TV. “So, I was excited. We sat down Saturday and went through a couple cars on the [classifieds].”
The car itself cost $500, and Pacheco offered to tune it, check the emissions, and add a radio for an additional $200. On Monday, Pacheco and his crew began working on Nunn’s ride. At one point in the day, Pacheco said they needed to move the car to an overflow parking lot across the street—a routine procedure for his shop.
But that’s when trouble arose.
“Parked it across the street, and no longer than we parked it, that thing was gone,” Pacheco said.
After reporting the car stolen, Pacheco had to call and break the sad news to the heartbroken teen.
“They’re stealing literally from basically a child,” a disheartened Nunn told KSTU-TV. “I think that’s pretty pathetic, and I hope they get caught.”
Pacheco has vowed to replace the car if police are unable to track it down and said the incident is particularly upsetting because he takes such pride in trust and loyalty he has built with clients like Nunn and her family.
“That’s what makes me mad that they had the audacity to take it,” he said. “We want to take care of our customers. Whoever took it, bring the car back to us and you can go on your way.”