Virginia Maiden had an unusual Tuesday, to say the least. She awoke that morning to find that her 1995 Toyota 4-Runner had been stolen. “She was so confused, didn’t know what was going on, it was just gone,” a co-worker would later tell the press. So Maiden hitched a ride to McDonald's, where she worked the drive-thru window. At some point that day she spotted something in the drive-thru line that shocked her: a 1995 Toyota 4-Runner.
At first Maiden wasn't sure if the car was hers, but as she was talking with the customer she noticed her McDonald's visor hanging from the rearview mirror. Then she knew.
“You would think whoever stole the car would say, ‘I’m not going to go to McDonald’s because the owner works there,’” Rebecca Guerrero, second assistant manager at the McDonald’s in Kennewick, Washington said.
The woman driving the stolen car had ordered ice cream, so the quick thinking Maiden told her the ice cream machine was temporarily broken, and that she should pull up to the next window. Maiden then called police, who arrived in time to arrest the suspect.
“What if she [Maiden] was off? What if she was on a break and not at the window? What if she looked away … It was meant to be,” Guerrero said. ”It was at the right time and the right moment.”
A search of the car revealed clothes allegedly stolen from J.C. Penney's and Sears. No charges have been filed yet.
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