Christmas presents wind up in wrong car; will driver return them?
An Ypsilanti woman hopes the driver who ended up with $700 worth of Christmas presents she and her husband purchased will have enough holiday spirit to return them.
Otherwise, the Gipson family will have to make do with very few presents under the tree Christmas morning.
Linda Gipson said she was shopping with her husband and daughter Thursday afternoon at Twelve Oaks mall in Novi when she decided to take a break and drop off some of the packages.
“My arms were full. I put the key in the trunk and opened it up and walked away.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t the right trunk, she said.
An hour later she came back out and opened the trunk to her own car to discover the gifts weren’t there. Almost immediately, she said she realized her mistake. The other car had been parked nearby and looked like her own silver Ford Focus.
The gifts included some perfume, a pair of boots, a pair of suede shoes, two sweaters, a hat and scarf and something her husband, Ronald, bought for her from a Native American craft store. Many of the gifts were for her daughters, 21 and 17.
She said she reported the incident to mall security, the stores where she made the purchases and Novi police.
Tom Lindberg, deputy police chief for Novi, said mall security cameras had not captured Gipson putting the items in the car. Security cameras at Macy's, outside which Gipson's car was parked, also did not capture any helpful video, he said.
Although it’s very rare for the key from one car to open the trunk of another, it is possible, a service manager at Varsity Ford in Ann Arbor said today.
Gipson, 49, said she can’t replace the gifts. She works as an in-home caregiver and said her only client recently died, leaving her out of work.
“Hopefully someone will call us and just return the gifts, but other than that what can we do?” she said.
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