A stolen 2011 Ford Mustang GT was found and returned to its rightful owner in Baytown, Texas recently, after the victim shared photos of the car on social media and received an online tip regarding its whereabouts, NBC affiliate Click 2 Houston reports.
The Mustang’s owner, truck driver Dwight Sanders, was in Kentucky when neighbors informed him that there had been a break-in at his property and that his car had been stolen. The 2011 Mustang GT was customized by Sanders and his late wife Dolores over the course of several years after it was purchased brand-new. Dolores passed away in 2014, and the car became a token of her memory.
“When they told me the car was gone, it was like my heart dropped. It meant more to me than anything,” Sanders said of the Mustang. “This is all we have left to tie up with her, and it means a lot to us and the family.”
Dwight Sanders’ neighbors contacted the police after the burglary on July 23rd, and Sanders himself posted photos of the stolen car on Facebook, along with a description of what had happened. Not too long after, another Facebook user contacted the victim, saying that they’d seen the car in the nearby city of Magnolia. Police went to investigate, finding the car and arresting the suspect for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
“Social media is wonderful, and honestly, if you’re going to steal a car, why are you going to leave a license plate on there?” Sanders said after the arrest was made. Lucky for him, the thief had.