Thief takes woman's purse and then later steals her car

PORTLAND, Ore. - It started with a stolen purse. That was bad enough for a local woman. Then, she and her husband learned how that simple theft can get exponentially worse - and leave them fearing for their safety in their own home.

This all goes back to last weekend, the charity event Sand in the City at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Kate Blackmore was there for work. Her employer is Impact Northwest, a non-profit that helps low income children and families.

Kate's purse, tucked under a table, was stolen, presumably by the man shown in surveillance video images provided to Kate by her credit union. Her reaction to seeing his face?

"It was like oh, that's the guy who took all my money. He sucks," she chuckles.

The photos show the man making multiple withdrawals at the ATM on Southeast Hawthorne with a PIN code she thinks he must have retrieved from somewhere in her purse.

"For a couple of days we parked the car elsewhere because we were paranoid. And then we thought after a few days that he wouldn't come back for our car," Kate explains.

And that's the morning they woke up this week to find their car gone, the car they'd just paid off, all $6,000 of it. The loss is especially tough right now. The Blackmore's are trying very hard to save for their first baby. Kate is seven months along.

Her husband Ryan works for a non-profit too, Mercy Corps. They're struggling with the notion that one person's thoughtless actions can so severely affect their lives.

"If nothing else, I just want our car back. I just want something to get from a to b," says Kate.

KATU Investigator Anna Canzano contacted Gladstone Nissan's general manager Thursday; she has a family member who is an employee at the dealership. By the afternoon, GM Dave Cope had arranged for the couple to get a ride to the dealership where they were given a used Oldsmobile Intrigue. Cope says all the couple has to pay for is the title transfer fee.

The Blackmore's are still hoping you'll keep an eye out for their stolen 1999 Honda sedan. It has an Oregon license plate ZQZ-095.

"It's nice to know there are good people in the world, even though we had all our things stolen. This is me being extremely happy," Kate explained, through tears.