Young Nashville couple's car stolen from sober house

Posted at 4:12 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 20:16:42-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Bruce and Lisa Whitten have been coming to the Last Stop Club on Utopia Avenue for a few years now.

"This is a real special place," said staff member and friend Connie Petrosky. "I know it has saved many, many lives and will continue to."

The couple struggled with heroin before coming to the sober house.

"This place actually saved my life," Lisa Whitten said. "I made a family here, it's my safe haven where I find comfort, seek peace, and help others in recovery since this is a full 12-step recovery program."

On Sunday afternoon Bruce Whitten came to the Last Stop Club to do volunteer work. While he was painting the doors and helping with inventory, a man, caught on surveillance video, was outside asking about 12-step meetings.

Bruce Whitten said it was that same man who took his keys and drove off with his wife's car.

"It was crazy, I was in shock," he said. "It was my wife's car so I knew she would be upset."

Lisa Whitten was upset because she says the car had sentimental value. It belonged to her grandfather and he gave it to her after he passed away.

"I used to live a very bad life myself so this makes me sympathetic for the person who took my car," said Lisa Whitten. "They're sick."

Now the young parents, who have a 13-month-old son, are without a car right before the holidays.

"This was a huge hit to our family," Lisa Whitten said. "We are a young family doing what we can to make it by. At the same time, I feel for the person who stole from us on Christmas and was that sick they saw my baby stuff in the car, my life is in that car."

The car stolen is a 2003 white Toyota Avalon with the license plate 1-U-8-2-Z-2.

If you see it, give police a call. The couple has filed a police report.