A stolen car story with a somewhat-happy ending - KMSP-TV

A stolen car story with a somewhat-happy ending

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EAGAN, Minn. (KMSP) -

An Eagan, Minn. woman whose truck was stolen by a man accused of stealing more than 140 vehicles almost got ripped off a second time, but instead walked home with a little cash.

In the median, broken down, her 2001 Dodge Ram just needed a part. The owner went to get it, and in two hours it was gone -- allegedly stolen and put on the back of James Chester Jennings’ tow truck.

Jennings is in jail, accused of auto theft, but Coon Rapids police say he could have ripped off as many as 142 other cars off metro roadways and parking lots in just a few months.

Investigators say he brought all the vehicles to Alter Metal Recycling, where he sold them for about $300 to $600 each. But the Eagan woman, who didn't want to be identified for this story, had the one vehicle in the bunch that wasn't crushed. But with the fluids drained, it wasn't drivable either.


The victim almost had to pay about $200 just to get rid of her truck, but on Thursday Alter Recycling had a change of heart and offered her $800 to buy the vehicle from her.

“They seem to feel bad for what they did,” she said. “It doesn't necessarily take away from what they did but…they've made us an offer, it's definitely not the value of the vehicle, it's about half of the value of the vehicle.”


A licensed dealer can buy a car from another licensed dealer without a title. Alter Recycling says they don’t have to report anything to anyone, anywhere, about any car they take in. Alter also says they've always played by the rules.

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