Woman reports car stolen from hospital valet while son receives cancer treatment

Woman reports car stolen from hospital valet while son receives cancer treatment
Sarah's son Taylor (Source: NBC12)
Sarah's son Taylor (Source: NBC12)

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - When Sarah Ventura went to pick up the car she was driving from the hospital valet she got a startling surprise.

"They had the key but no car,' Ventura says.

Police say her 2001 BMW was reported stolen from the hospital valet parking lot Friday morning.  It is Ventura's only method of transportation.

"We came out to go pick up another family member to bring them back to the hospital," Ventura says. "When we went out to get our car they couldn't find it."

The crime happened just feet away from where her 18 year-old son Taylor lay on an operating table having surgery for testicular cancer. The young father and husband has been battling the disease for the last nine months.

"Every time we think that we are going to see the light at the end of the tunnel, something else comes along," Ventura says.

Ventura says the car taken from the Forest Avenue Valet lot at Henrico Doctor's Friday morning and the car was still missing three days later.  The car was gone, and so were the valuables inside it.

"In it was my laptop computer and my son's overnight bag for staying at the hospital, which also had some medication for when he left," Ventura says.

Henrico Police tell NBC12 they are working the case. Ventura says detectives told her they were using special license plate software to help locate the car, but that may take some time. Despite the setback Ventura, her daughter-in-law and grandson are fighting to stay strong.

"It certainly is a setback, but I know with faith, strength and support, we will definitely make it through," Ventura says.
NBC12 reached out the hospital, and HCA gave us this statement:

"HCA Virginia has 24/7 security on all of its campuses. We fully cooperated with the police and arranged for transportation for the visitor. We have also offered additional cab vouchers to the visitor if needed and continue to do everything we can to support the family while they are in our care."
If you have any information that could be helpful to police call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.