Problem Solvers: FOX31 viewers come to rescue of veteran whose car was stolen

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Veteran gets his car back

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DENVER -- His car was stolen from the handicapped parking space outside his home, but now a Vietnam veteran is thanking the FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers and several helpful viewers who are helping him get back on the road.

Robert Duston spoke to the Problem Solvers earlier this week to talk about the theft of his car, and soon things began to change.

“I went from having one of the worst weeks I’ve had in a long time, to one of the best,” Duston said.

His fortunes began to turn when his neighbor, Adrianne Parks, began offering him rides and use of her car so that he could make it to his appointments at the VA Hospital.

“If it wasn’t for good neighbors like Adrianne I would have been stranded,” Duston said. “I would have been in a really bad way.”

“He would have done the same for me because I know where he lives,” Parks said with a laugh.

Duston didn’t have to wait long to recover his car. Minutes after the story aired on FOX31 Denver, a viewer reached out to say that it had been abandoned near their home in Denver.

“Less than two hours after the show aired, a call came in and my car was in the Denver impound,” Duston said.

The car is now back at his apartment, but it was damaged and still doesn’t start.

“Gives me a place to start, but I’m afraid it’s going to need some TLC,” Duston said.

That TLC is already beginning. After seeing the story, Rich Sisneros, with LKQ Pick Your Part, decided to do something. He said they will donate the needed parts and that’s not all.

“I made a few phone calls to the body shops I work with and Abra Auto Body is willing to help us out and get it done,” Sisneros said. “We’ll get you fixed up. We appreciate your services.”

“It would mean the world to me,” Duston said. “I mean, it is really my life line. It really is. I don’t know where I would be without you guys or without him. I’d still be stranded, so it’s really a blessing.”

The viewer who spotted the car and notified police told FOX31 he wanted to remain anonymous, but he did personally reach out to Duston. He said he was happy to help and he thanked him for his military service.

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