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Mom blindsides car thief when she ‘steals’ vehicle back and films her getting busted
Danielle took matters into her own hands after her car was stolen and tracked the woman down.
Irene Markianou
01.27.22

Sometimes you hear someone’s story and can’t help thinking that they must have made it up because it’s just too much.

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Facebook Screenshot - Danielle Reno

If we heard Danielle Reno’s story about how she got her stolen car back, we’d definitely think she was exaggerating. But Reno posted the whole thing on Facebook, so nobody can question her story.

But let’s do a little recap and see how the mother of two managed to track down her stolen car and take it back.

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One Summer day, Reno was meeting with her mother at a gas station in Kansas City, Missouri. She just left her car for a moment and, when she turned around, her car had disappeared.

Luckily, her phone was inside the car, so she could track it using the Find My iPhone application.

Reno told KSHB:

“Finding her was like finding a lost dog, but humans are more stupid and she did a lot of dumb things and it made it easier to find her,” Reno said.

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The woman who stole the car used the credit card that was inside, too. This made it even easier to the owner to find out where she was going by checking the card transactions.

“We were very careful not to put ourselves in danger, but it was my car, not hers,” Reno explained. “It was all of my things in it. There were a lot of sentimental things inside the car as well. And when I get that upset, there is no stopping me or my friends.”

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So, when Reno asked at the gas station, she found out the woman was heading to Applebee’s next.

Reno and her friends each went to an Applebee’s and waited for the thief to appear. Fun fact, she went to the restaurant Reno was at.

When the car owner saw her get out of the car, she tried to make sure she wouldn’t spot her. When she got the chance, she used the spare key of her car and literally “stole it back”.

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She got in her car and drove away, filming the whole thing for a Facebook Live.

“I’m about to pull over in a mile down the street and call the cops,” an excited Reno said in the video. “She’s about to get […] arrested because we found her.”

Indeed, when Reno found a parking lot, she pulled over and called the police, who arrived shortly after that.

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Lindsay Custer, 27, is a homeless woman who at that time had just got out of jail.

“Hopefully, this will be her last time,” Reno told KSHB. “Hopefully, she learns her lesson.”

Police officers arrested her and her two friends, all of whom denied being involved in the car theft. Custer said a friend had given her the car without her knowing that it was stolen.

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Custer was accused of stealing the car and the properties inside of it.

Although Reno’s car had turned into a trash bin by the time she retrieved it, the 34-year-old woman was delighted to get it back, and so were her Facebook friends who were watching everything unfold live.

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Facebook Screenshot - Danielle Reno

Watch the video below for more details on this crazy story.

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By Irene Markianou
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Irene Markianou is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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