LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Police say broken down cars are stolen more often than you might think. Just a few weeks ago a woman's car was stolen on I-64. Now, another man says it happened to him in Fayette County. Police say some people make a living looking out for abandoned vehicles and cashing them in.
Jimmie Jackson is getting used to a new set of wheels.
"I had to go out and spend $2,000 for a truck," he said.
Jackson says someone stole his old car right off the side of the highway.
"I still had personal stuff in it. It had a $500 new fuel pump," he said.
Last Monday, his engine blew along I-64 on the way to work. He was able to pull off at the Bluegrass Station exit and got a ride from a friend, but he couldn't pick his car up until Saturday.
"I stopped by to make sure it was OK and then Thursday morning on the way in, it was gone. Either somebody with a wrecker or a flatbed trailer in less than 5 minutes could put a car or a truck on it," Jackson said.
Thefts like this aren't unfamiliar to police.
"It happens pretty regularly," said Lexington Police spokesperson Sherelle Roberts.
She said thieves will often take the cars to junkyards where they can pick up some quick cash, but the junkyards are supposed to verify ownership of the car.
"Just because you're in Lexington doesn't mean somebody doesn't have your car towed to another place where the rules aren't so strict," said Roberts
Whether Jackson's car has been crushed down or will be found in one piece is yet to be seen, but he says if he ever runs into this situation again, he won't let it out of his sight.
"It won't be left alone if I have to put a rope on it and tow it home by pulling it while walking," he said.
Police say above all, the most important things is to get the car moved from the road as soon as possible.