Danielle Reno was at a QuikTrip convenience store in Kansas City, Missouri, when her car was stolen at the gas pumps.
She went beyond filing a standard police report by becoming her own investigator.
For the next two days, Danielle was on a mission to track down her beloved Toyota 4Runner, documenting her efforts on Facebook.
Her cellphone, which was inside her car when it was stolen along with her wallet and money, had been turned off.
That evening, Danielle discovered her credit card had been swiped at a local Taco Bell and gas station. She went to the gas station, where the staff let her take a video recording of the surveillance video.
The next day, Danielle’s phone was turned back on, and her credit card was used again at a gas station to buy cigarettes, beer, and gas. She went to the gas station and spoke with an employee, who had overheard the alleged thieves talking about going to Applebee’s for dinner.
Danielle and her sister drove to various Applebee’s locations in an effort to locate the stolen car. While inside one of those locations, Danielle noticed three people walking into the restaurant — and they looked exactly like the people she saw on the gas station’s security camera. Then she spotted her Toyota in the parking lot.
By this point, she was literally shaking with adrenaline.
Danielle quickly slipped out of Applebee’s; it was time to “steal” her car back and serve up some much-needed justice.
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