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UPDATE: Stolen car found on fire in Waterloo

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

UPDATE: An eastern Iowa woman says she learned a hard lesson this week.

The Waterloo woman's SUV was stolen from her apartment on Oleson Road. Less than 30 minutes later, the car was found on fire across town near the intersection of Home Park Boulevard and Euclid Avenue.

The woman, Tayla Vivians, says the 2008 Mercury Mountaineer was her dream SUV.

"That is what I wanted. I have four kids. I wanted a truck. I wanted something for us to be comfortable in, and I finally got what I wanted," said Vivians.

Late Wednesday night, Vivians pulled into a parking spot near the door of her apartment. She ran in to grab diapers for her 18-month old daughter and left her car running.

"I parked actually right here, ran in. My door is diagonal so I could see my truck lights," said Vivians.

Minutes later, Vivians returned to find the parking spot empty and her red SUV gone.

She called Waterloo Police right away but because of a shooting, break in and a car fire, it took them roughly 30 minutes to send an officer.

"He was like, I am sorry to inform you, your vehicle is the one that caught fire. I just began to bawl after that. I was like, 'Why me? Why my truck?'" said Vivians.

Vivians arrived across town to find her SUV burned out and her belongings torched.

"I got comfortable out here, leaving my truck running. I've done it several different times. I am pretty sure everyone does it; run in somewhere quick, run in, run out. But this right here was a lesson learned for me, that you don't leave your car running and unlocked for anybody because anything can happen," said Vivians.

Vivians does have insurance, but she says some of the items inside the car were memories of her children that she can't replace.

The car fire is being investigated as arson. The insurance company is also conducting a separate investigation.
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Waterloo police confirm they found a car on fire about 10 minutes after it was reported stolen. 

Police say early this morning, there was a report of a stolen vehicle from Oleson Road.

A police report says it was left unlocked and running in a parking lot for a short time, and that is when it was stolen. 

Police say it was found less than ten minutes later, on fire, at Euclid and Home Park Boulevard. 

This happened around midnight. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

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