Police move, lose car

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A woman said her car, relocated by Washington police during a speech by President Barack Obama, was lost for an entire day and turned up in a tow-away zone.

Martena Clinton, 64, of Randallsville, Md., said she and friend Gardine Tiggle emerged from the Washington Convention Center following the Congressional Black Caucus dinner at 11:30 p.m. Saturday to learn her car, which contained a diamond pendant along with her credit cards and purse, had been relocated by police as a security precaution due to Obama's presence at the event, The Washington Post reported Monday.


Clinton said she waited while police searched the area for her black 1994 Lexus until about 1:30 a.m. when she and Tiggle found a hotel room for the night. Police resumed the search Sunday morning but there was no progress by the afternoon.

Clinton and Tiggle said they became increasingly frustrated with the police.

"It is their responsibility. They moved it. They tell us, 'If we find the car' -- not when we find the car -- 'we will call you. If we cannot find it in 30 days, you should call your insurance company.' This is totally insane," Tiggle said Sunday afternoon.


However, as the women were headed out of town Sunday evening, they spotted the car parked in a no-parking zone, directly next to a fire hydrant, less than a block from the convention center.

Clinton said her belongings were intact inside the car.

"If you can't find a car within a block from the convention center -- that you moved -- how are you going to find anyone else?" Tiggle said.

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