SALINE COUNTY, Ark. – “It makes me livid.”
It has been six weeks since Tiana Freeman walked to her driveway in Saline County to find her car missing.
A police report was taken, but it wasn’t until a tip in a private Facebook group led her to an Instagram page.
“He [a person she believes stole the car] also posted a picture in my car where you can see him from the side,” Freeman says. “He was sitting in the driver’s side and the door was open; I could see my coffee cup that I still have underneath the driver’s seat.”
Because the person in the picture is a juvenile and has not been identified as a suspect by police, Fox 16 is not revealing his identity.
But, before Freeman could cancel her debit card that was in the stolen car, she says the thieves made a few purchases, leading Freeman to southwest Little Rock.
“We were able to just drive around that general area,” Freeman says. “We had my extra key fob, we were just setting the alarm off and then finally we found it.”
About $5,000 dollars worth of damage was done to her car and about $1,000 worth of items inside the car were stolen.
Despite a name, pictures, video and other evidence, Freeman says no action was taken — being told this:
“That is not proof,” she explains.
Fast forward to this week when three cars were stolen from the same area as Freeman’s, including Daron Jackson’s new truck…caught on surveillance.
“Anything I had in here it was gone,” Jackson says.
Including a sentimental gun.
“You can replace it for about $500, but you can’t replace mine,” he says. “That was the first gun my dad ever bought me.”
But, he’s seen it again. On Instagram, the same account where Freeman saw her car.
“I thought BAM — problem solved — got him!,” Jackson says.
But again, Jackson tells us that nothing was done.
“If that’s not enough to get a judge to sign off on a search warrant, what is?” he asks.
The cases involve a question of jurisdiction that these victims feel is keeping them away from law and order.
“I think he came back because nothing happened to him the first time,” Freeman says.
Jackson adds: “As long as the authorities are not pursuing it, to me, that gives them the green light to continue doing it.”
Both Freeman and Jackson say their vehicles were locked.
Jackson was able to get his car the same morning it was stolen, thanks to OnStar. But, he was told it had been in a high speed chase before it was found. And, while it didn’t have any of Jackson’s belongings inside, it was filled with other stolen items.
Since the person they believe is terrorizing their neighborhood is a minor, case and suspect information are limited.