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TAYLOR, Mich. (WJBK) -

Richelle Jenks of Taylor traveled to Detroit's east side for a party at the Chalmers Community Hall on Saturday night.

"After the party was over... my friends [and I] came out, and my car was gone," said Jenks.

"She was with her girlfriends.  All of our purses, including cash that were in the purses," said Cicely Jenks-Crosby, Richelle's mother.  "She was crying.  She was upset along with everyone else that was there."

On Monday at almost midnight, mom said a stranger showed up at her door seemingly bringing good news.

"There was a young woman at my door stating that she had purchased a 2000 Bonneville, my car, and that she tried to register it at the Secretary of State and it turns out that it was stolen," Jenks-Crosby explained.

She also said she had bought the vehicle for $1,500 and claimed the deal went down at an AutoZone parking lot on Gratiot.

"That [sounded] a little fishy to me.  She said, 'Okay, we'll work something out,'" Jenks-Crosby said.

The next day things went from confusing to crazy.

"She informed my daughter that she was not getting her car back until she forked over $1,500.  She also said that if she had to chop the car up and sell the car for parts for $1,500, this is what she was going to do," said Jenks-Crosby.  "The gull and nerve for somebody to try to sell you your own car... dirty."

"It's extortion.  It's basically blackmail," said Jenks.  "You... cannot do anything with my car.  You can't get it registered.  You can't sell it.  There's nothing you can do with it, and now since you're doing this, you're in receipt of stolen property."

Mother and daughter told us they have called Detroit police many times and even spoken to officers face-to-face.

"I got the runaround," Jenks-Crosby said.

"Pretty much the officer didn't want to hear what I had to say.  She was cutting me off in mid-sentence," said Jenks.

"I anticipated that it was going to be rough trying to get any kind of help," said Jenks-Crosby.

They understand a stolen car is not a high priority for police, so they decided to take the law into their own hands.

"I'm a detective in my own right," Jenks-Crosby said.

The self proclaimed cop found the crooked car creep on Facebook, got phone numbers and addresses and turned all that over to the real cops.

"I'm just hoping that once someone [sees] this news report that they'll come back, give up my car, take it to the police station, leave it on the side of the road or something.  Just give me my car back," said Jenks.

A spokesperson with Detroit police told us they will be in contact with Jenks and her mother with the number one goal of getting that car back.

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