Couple left stranded after Easter dinner in Galleria area

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on April 1, 2013 at 10:19 PM

HOUSTON -- A Magnolia couple said they were left stranded after a trip to their favorite restaurant in the Galleria area this Easter weekend.

Ralph and Deborah Pullen drove nearly an hour to Yia Yia Mary’s Pappas Greek Kitchen on San Felipe near Post Oak. The couple was celebrating Easter early on Saturday night around 9 p.m.

Their sit down dinner that lasted nearly an hour proved to be a window of opportunity for a thief.

“As I walked around the corner, I just got a funny feeling. The further I went, I realized, the truck wasn’t there,” said Ralph Pullen.

All that was left of the 2000 GMC Sierra was its steering column.

Ralph Pullen had just spent $10,000 updating the truck with a new engine, transmission, rims and leather seats.

“You feel violated. You’re upset. It’s something you’ve put a lot of time into, earning money to make something and keep it up,” said Ralph Pullen.

The Pullens were shocked that it happened so quickly in a parking lot with a security guard. Not to mention, their truck was equipped with a factory alarm.

After talking with police, they were left wondering how they were going to get back home.

“[I was] concerned,” said Deborah Pullen. “Who do we call at this time of night?”

Friends ended up picking up the Pullens and driving them home.

By Monday, they were still left with a sour taste in their mouth about what had happened.

“People think they’re going to get away with something, but in the end, it comes back to you,” said Ralph Pullen.

He called KHOU 11 News Monday night with news that police located his truck.

He didn’t know where the truck was found, but police told him it’s not driveable. According to Pullen, it had been stripped of its tires and was missing its battery.

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