JBLM soldier's car found after being stolen from hospital

LACEY, Wash. -- The stolen vehicle belonging to a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier has been recovered by police in Lacey.

Army Spc. Jorge Garcia and his wife, Ramona, were preparing to leave St. Peter Hospital in Olympia on Wednesday after giving birth to a daughter when they noticed their 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe was stolen from the hospital parking lot.

"When we were getting ready to get discharged I said 'OK, I better get the car seat ready to go because they're going to inspect it,' " said Spc. Jorge Garcia. "I went out around noon because we were so tired from the baby crying the first night and (the car) was gone. I was just shocked that it was actually gone."

Spc. Jorge Garcia said Saturday morning that the car was found by Lacey Police at Rainier Vista Community Park. The car seat was still inside, Spc. Jorge Garcia says, along with stolen handbags.

The burglars took baby clothes, a camera, military equipment, and other personal items after breaking in through the car door.

The car is intact, but it is unclear if it is still in working condition, Spc. Jorge Garcia said.