Good Samaritan donates car to man who had stolen it in Canton

Good Samaritan donates car to man who had stolen it in Canton

CANTON, Ohio – News 5 first met Robert Turner of Canton on Monday night. We reported on his beloved 1997 Saturn sedan that criminals had stolen from his apartment parking lot the weekend before.

The stolen car is more than just a car to him, it’s a lifeline that takes him to and from the weekly therapy and doctor’s appointments needed to manage his severe COPD.

At the time, he said, “It’s hard to believe that people, in this day and age, would do that to people.”

He’s right, it’s hard to believe that some people act without regard for others, but despite the bad, there are always those who stand up to do something good too.

After our story aired, Robert got a call from a Canton man named Doug.

“I was going through my news feed and I saw your article,” he said in a phone interview.

Doug doesn’t like publicity, but he was touched by what Robert was going through and wanted to help.

“It’s terrible that these things happen,” he said. “If you see someone in need, do something about it, if you can do something about it.”

It turns out that Doug can do something about Robert’s situation. Two weeks earlier, he had repossessed a car he had previously given to a relative. He said he intended to give the car to someone who needed it, and after learning of Robert’s car theft, he found that person.

He called Robert to tell him about the gift.

“He was just so grateful, you know? I said ‘You know what? This is what we are supposed to do. Don’t worry about it.’”

Robert said he was overwhelmed.

“It was hard to describe honestly what everything has been like and when someone did something like that, it was just unbelievable,” said Robert.

The two strangers immediately turned into friends.

“We went to the store. He filled it up with petrol and he paid for all the transfers, the license and new titles for me,” said Robert.

Just a day later, Robert received another call from the Canton Police Department that they had found his stolen car.

“The condition of the car is impassable,” he said. “They destroyed it.”

The thieves ran away before the police could stop them, and the car is currently in the shop where mechanics are evaluating the amount of repairs needed to get it back on the road.

But in the meantime, Robert tries to figure out how to pay Doug.

“I think it’s only right that I have returned it to the lord so that he can give it to someone who really needs it,” he said.

He said the whole ordeal is a good reminder that even when you feel helpless, there are always people like Doug to restore your hope.

“We’re just so thankful,” he said. “I believe that people are generally good, and this just goes to show that this is true.”

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