Woman's car stolen while donating items

By WEEK Producer

December 23, 2013 Updated Dec 23, 2013 at 7:45 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A combination of cold weather and Christmas shopping has led to a rash of crime in Central Illinois.

One woman found that out the hard way this weekend after she left her vehicle running outside of the Peoria Mission Mart.

Amanda Bell said she saw the thief hop into her SUV, while she was bringing donations inside.

Bell said police used GPS on the cell phone she left inside her SUV to track the vehicle down.

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