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Update: Alleged stolen car found after 9 On Your Side report

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WINTERVILLE, N.C. - A day after 9 On Your Side aired a story about an alleged stolen car, law enforcement finds the car abandoned in Greenville.

Marilyn Thompson, called 9 On Your Side to let us know her son's car was found on Peed Drive Sunday afternoon.

Thompson says an off-duty officer found the car after seeing a picture of the car on social media.

Beside a missing bumper sticker, some tools, and trash left in the car, Thompson's says the car appears to be ok.

Thompson says she is happy her son's car has been returned.
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Law enforcement officers are looking for a man who allegedly used his car detailing business to steal a car.

It happened in Pitt County and now the victim is speaking out to warn others.


“I kept thinking something is wrong, this didn't happen," said Marilyn Thompson.

She’s still in disbelief after she says a man with a mobile car detailing business stole her son’s car.

"It was a shock,” said Thompson. “You don't take your car to have it cleaned and expect the person cleaning it to steal it."

Last year, Thompson sold a man by the name of Kenan Earl Wooten a van. She says she worked with him as he saved up enough money to buy it. When Wooten started a mobile car detailing business, Thompson says she and her son trusted him enough to detail their cars.

A couple months ago, despite Thompson’s apprehension, Wooten began taking her and her son’s cars, detailing them, and then bringing them back. Last week, though, Thompson’s son let Wooten take his car to detail, yet this time, it didn’t come back .

Thompson filed a report with the Pitt County Sheriff’s office and it’s not the first report filed against Wooten. Records show he has a history of similar crimes, one as recent as 2013.

The car and Wooten are still nowhere to be found.

“He's a business person, presenting himself doing a service, and I don't want this to happen to someone else,” said Thompson.

Before you pay for a private or mobile service, read up on the business owner. If you don’t know the owner’s name, look up the business on the North Carolina Secretary of State website. Click here to type in the business and find the owner. Once you have the owner’s name, look for their criminal record on the North Carolina Department of Corrections website. 

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