Dallas County District Attorney's SUV Recovered

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    Dallas County's top crime fighter was victimized at his home by a car thief. (Published Friday, Sep 30, 2011)

    Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins' luxury SUV that was stolen Thursday was apparently recovered about a half mile from his house Friday night.

    Police confirmed Monday that the black 2003 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 500 was found at around 6 p.m. Friday, it had a broken mirror and the keys were inside. Police are checking the SUV for fingerprints.

    Thieves Drive DA's SUV Out His Front Gate

    [DFW] Thieves Drive DA's SUV Out His Front Gate
    Dallas County's top crime fighter was victimized at his home by a car thief. (Published Friday, Sep 30, 2011)

    Watkins, who lives on a gated piece of property in DeSoto, said he often leaves his keys inside his rare luxury sport utility vehicle and his garage door open.

    DeSoto police said thieves took advantage of that. At about 7:22 p.m. Thursday, they smashed through a gate and drove the SUV right off Watkins' property.

    Watkins said neither he nor his wife heard anything because their bedroom is on the opposite side of the house.

    Brand-new Mercedes G-wagens cost more than $125,000 now. Watkins has had his vehicle since 2003, when the approximate price was in excess of $82,000.

    The Dallas Morning News reported police are reviewing video from a camera installed near Watkins' driveway and checking other homes in the area for any surveillance cameras.

    NBC 5's Randy McIlwain contributed to this report.