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'Did you have to take my car?': Theft adds to Calgary health-care worker's stress

A Calgary health-care worker says having her car stolen was the last thing she needed during the already stressful situation of going to work at a care facility amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

'Really, did one more thing have to happen to me this month?'

Kaileigh Watson says the theft of her car, pictured here when she bought it, has added to the stress she's already under as a health-care provider working during the COVID-19 emergency. (Kaileigh Watson)

A Calgary health-care worker says having her car stolen was the last thing she needed during the already stressful situation of going to work at a care facility amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kaileigh Watson was off to work on Monday morning when she discovered her car wasn't in its usual parking spot in her building's secure lot.

"It's been a stressful month. It's really hard at work," she said. "I just felt, like, really, did one more thing have to happen to me this month? Like, in a pandemic, did you have to take my car?"

"The kicker was my health ID was sitting in the front seat of my car, so whoever took my car had to know I was a health-care worker."

Watson believes it's likely that law-breakers are taking advantage of people staying home during the crisis.

"I think it probably made it easier … now it's pretty uncommon I see anyone getting in their cars because most people are working from home or off work," she said.

Watson says she's driving a rental while she works with police to find her silver Kia Rio.

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