Local nurse targeted by squeegee boys
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- A local nurse is speaking out after her car was stolen in West Baltimore.
Justine Dixon was on her way to work at Johns Hopkins Hospital around 6:30 p.m. March 22nd when the incident happened.
Dixon told Fox 45 she was stopped in her car at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and west Mulberry Street when she was approached by some familiar faces.
Those faces were kids commonly referred to as “Squeegee boys” in Baltimore. The children often wash windows in exchange for money.
“They came up to me and asked me if I wanted them (windows) cleaned. I've been paying them for like a year,” explained Dixon.
But Dixon didn’t have any cash that day.
“I unrolled my window to tell them I didn't have money on me that day. Unfortunately that's when he saw my wallet. He reached down and grabbed my wallet,” said Dixon.
A struggle for the wallet turned into a foot chase Dixon in hindsight regrets.
“I actually chased him down through the parking lot,” Dixon pointed. Then, he went to jump over this wall and that’s when I caught him. That’s when I got my wallet back but I turned around and my car was gone.”
Dixon’s black, 2015 Chevy Cruze LT had been stolen.
“I was in shock,” said Dixon. “I've never had anything like that happen before. I was angry at them and myself. I was very angry that I got out of my car but in the moment you're not really thinking about that. You're thinking that’s my wallet, they took something that belongs to me."
Thanks to the help of some good Samaritans Dixon was able to call 911 and wait in a car until police arrived to the scene.
An alert has been put out for her car, but so far no trace of it.
“I kind of have it in my head that I’m not going to get my car back but I don't want this to happen to anybody else,” said Dixon.
As for the children Dixon had been helping this past year, a message.
“It’s up to you to change,” she said. “It’s up to you to decide where you want to go. You're not a victim of your circumstance. You can decide what you want to do with your life.”
Dixon’s car is a black, automatic 2015 Chevy Cruze LT, Maryland tag 4DD0488.
If you spot this car you’re asked to call police.