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Image: Brittney Henry receives the crown for Miss Washington on July 2, 2011
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Brittney Henry is shown receiving the crown for Miss Washington on July 2, 2011 in Tacoma. She went on to represent her state in January at the Miss America 2012 pageant in Las Vegas.
updated 3/1/2012 5:03:45 PM ET 2012-03-01T22:03:45

The reigning Miss Washington says thieves made off with her car — as well as her crown, pageant sash, wallet and four evening gowns.

Pierce County, Wash., sheriff's deputies recovered the car a few miles from Brittney Henry's Edgewood, Wash., home. The thieves reportedly have used her debit and credit cards in three cities. The other loot taken early Tuesday is still missing.

Henry notes the crown and sash say "Miss Washington 2011," which makes them a little hard to fence.

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KING-TV reports that when Henry won the pageant, she agreed to spend a year as a full-time volunteer. She travels regularly to schools, visiting with low-income children and talking to them about the importance of a college education.

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Henry says it's really the "power of the crown that influences them and makes them open up and listen to the message."

She says she pre-packed her car because she had to leave at 5 a.m. for a pancake house appearance in Everett.

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Photos: Miss America 2012

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  1. Miss America 2012

    For the Miss America pageant, 53 contestants competed in dazzling gowns and bathing suits in Las Vegas, Nevada on Jan. 14, 2012.

    Left: Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin, is surrounded by her fellow contestants as she reacts after being crowned Miss America at The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. (Eric Jamison / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Crowning moment

    Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin, is crowned Miss America 2012 during the Miss America pageant. Kaeppeler won a $50,000 scholarship and a yearlong run with the crown.
    Her platform during the competition was supporting and mentoring children of incarcerated parents. (Eric Jamison / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. And the winner is...

    Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler, left and Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson react after Kaeppeler is named Miss America 2012. (Eric Jamison / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Strutting on stage

    Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2012 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    "Miss America represents everyone, so I think the message to political candidates is that they represent everyone as well," Kaeppeler said when answering a question about whether beauty queens should declare their politics.
    "And so in these economic times, we need to be looking forward to what America needs, and I think Miss America needs to represent all." (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Final five

    Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler, left, Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson, Miss Arizona Jennifer Sedler, Miss New York Kaitlin Monte and Miss California Noelle Freeman compete as the top five finalists during the 2012 Miss America Pageant. (Eric Jamison / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Opera singer

    Miss Wisconsin performed opera in the talent competition category during the first round of the Miss America. (Eric Jamison / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Swimsuit style

    Miss New York, Kaitlin Monte, placed third in the Miss America Pageant. Monte scored honors in the lifestyle and fitness category. (Eric Jamison / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Here she is...

    Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin, was chosen as the winner by a panel of seven judges. The event was the culmination of a week of preliminary competitions and months of preparations for the titleholders from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Eric Jamison / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Class act

    Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin, dazzled in a black beaded evening gown during the 2012 Miss America Pageant. (Eric Jamison / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. The last three

    Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler, left, Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson and Miss New York Kaitlin Monte react as Monte is named second runner up. (Eric Jamison / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Singing her heart out

    Miss New York, Kaitlin Monte, sang Marvin Hamlisch's Disneyland in the talent portion of the competition. Monte placed third. (Eric Jamison / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Luck of the Irish

    Betty Thompson, Miss Oklahoma, performed an Irish step dance for the talent portion of the competition. Thomson placed second in the Pageant. (Eric Jamison / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Stunning and stylish

    Miss New York, Kaitlin Monte, dazzled in a white evening gown during the 2012 Miss America pageant. (Eric Jamison / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. The runner-up

    Miss Oklahoma, Betty Thompson, placed second in the Pageant while Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin, went on to win the crown. (Eric Jamison / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Hosting the event

    Hosts Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke stand with 2012 Miss America winner Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin. (Eric Jamison / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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