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Cumberland County Deputies Find Boy, Sister In Stolen SUV

Posted August 27, 2000

— A Fayetteville family is back together after two children were found in the back seat of a stolen SUV.

Last Saturday, someone stole a 1999 Isuzu Rodeo from Dezmon Monroe's grandmother's front yard. The boy and his 5-year-old stepsister, Key-anna, were sleeping in the back seat of his father's vehicle the whole time.

"The person didn't know we were back there. He just jumped in the car and left," he says. "I started thinking about all the things me and my daddy did. I thought that was going to be the end."

Lakiisha Monroe, Dezmon's mother, was the first one to notice the vehicle was missing.

"I came all the way outside. I didn't see his car. I just freaked out," she says.

It took more than 10 hours for Cumberland County sheriff's deputies to find the stolen SUV For Lakiisha, it seemed like a lifetime.

"To think you can't do anything for your child," she says. "You don't know if they called the police or if they're harming your child."

Deputies found the vehicle in the backyard of an apartment building just a few blocks from where it was stolen. The ordeal taught Lakiisha Monroe a lesson she will never forget.

"I learned one thing about it. Don't leave your car running with or without your children in it," she says.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office has no leads on who stole the vehicle. Anyone with any information about the case is asked to call the sheriff's office at910-323-1500.


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