Craigslist helps man get stolen car back

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NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A man had his prized car stolen in North County and thought it was gone forever.

Now, the car has been found.

An act of desperation that paid off.

It was ‘stolen car’ post on Craigslist.

The victim and his former father-in-law posted a plea for help in finding the car.  It couldn't hurt, they thought.

But they didn't really think it would work, either.

The car, an ’87 Buick Regal, was in better shape than when it came off the assembly line, “souped up” and fully restored.

It was stolen December 11 from the St. Charles Rock Road in Breckenridge Hills.

“He comes in from work and his car’s gone,” Rick Gurley said of his former son in law.  He poured every penny he had into restoring that car, Gurley said.

They put up Craigslist postings offering a reward and showing off the car’s features:  including the unmistakable custom hood and wheels.  Days later, they got a response.

“This guy was like, ‘I saw your car.  I know what it’s like to have something stolen.  You worked hard for what you got.  I wanted to make sure you got it back.  I saw it down there.  I wanted to make sure I told you,’” Gurley said.  “Thought, ‘this guy is for real.’

He sure was.  The car was in the 4300 block of Natural Bridge in North St. Louis.

Police towed it to the City of St. Louis lot on Hall Street to process it for evidence.

The car was on the lot of the “In & Out” tire service and car wash.

The business appeared to be vacant.  There were 4 other vehicles on the lot, most of them missing wheels.

The victim’s car was missing both its hood and wheels.  At least he’d be getting it back, thanks to Craigslist and an honest stranger.

“They took the hood and wheels off of it,” Gurley said.  “They took his battery, popped his lock out of the back; even took the baby seat!  They took my grandson’s baby seat,” he laughed.  “I’d really like to meet that guy (who spotted the car) and shake his hand because he could have just as easily looked that other way and not even bothered.  But he went out of his way and that’s good.  It gives me a little hope for humanity you know,” Gurley said.

The man who spotted the car and alerted Gurley spoke with FOX 2, Monday.  He did not want to be identified.  He simply said he was doing what he hoped someone would do for him.

Charges have yet to be filed.  There’s no word from police on whether the other cars on the lot may be stolen.

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