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Anderson single mom's stolen car recovered

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Monica Moraski with her daughter after getting her SUV back. (Sept. 26, 2013/FOX Carolina) Monica Moraski with her daughter after getting her SUV back. (Sept. 26, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Neron Clark and Kristopher Roebuck. (Source: Clemson Police Dept.) Neron Clark and Kristopher Roebuck. (Source: Clemson Police Dept.)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A smile adorned Monica Moraski's face Thursday after getting into her newly-detailed SUV; the same SUV that was stolen Sept. 19.

"I had faith," said Moraski. "I had faith the whole time that I would get that call."

The call came Wednesday morning saying Clemson police recovered the car, but that the accused had almost completely trashed it.

"When I first got the car back it was shocking," she said. "The whole car had cigarette butts throughout it, there were leaves everywhere."

She also found a package of empty bullets in the trunk, bullets that police say may be linked to a larger gun theft operation. Unfortunately, there was no sign of Monica's possessions, including her young daughter's baby clothes.

Police said Neron Clark and Kristopher Roebuck, both 17, are in the Clemson City Jail charged in connection. Police said they did not admit to stealing Monica's Kia Sportage, but they are accused of using it to transport stolen electronics and guns.

Clemson police said the only reason Monica has her car back is because a citizen spoke up.

"Anything that you see suspicious, call the police department and let us know," said Chief Jimmy Dixon. 

Now Monica and her daughter Haley can try to pick up and move on, after having their life put on hold because of a crime that couldn't have come at a worse time, hours before she was supposed to pack up and move to Greenville for a job. That job was a time-sensitive offer, and since she had no car last week, she lost the opportunity.

But there is a silver lining.

"I stayed motivated and positive after this happened," she said. "Even the next day I went on an interview, and the following day I had three interviews. I was just very persistent, because I know I wanted to change my lifestyle for my daughter."

Because of that persistence, Monica is all smiles. She now has two pending job offers.

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