Woman Hunts Down Thieves Who Stole Her Car, Steals It Back and Then Films Their Arrest

After her car was stolen, a Missouri woman became an amateur investigator, tracking down the thieves and stealing her own vehicle back.

Danielle Reno left her Toyota 4Runner unattended at a gas station.

"I got out of the car for two seconds and grabbed my daughter, turned around, and my car was gone," Reno told KCTV in Kansas City. "'Did I park somewhere else? No. I know I parked here.' And then I'm like, 'Somebody stole my car.' It was all downhill from there."

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The thieves also made off with some cash, her cellphone and credit cards.

After filing a police report for her stolen items, Reno then took matters into her own hands. She tracked purchases on her debit and credit cards, as well as the activity of her phone.

"We stalked this lady literally for 48 hours," Reno said. "She had no idea what we were doing."

An attendant at a gas station told Reno that the alleged car thief — who Reno nicknamed "Taco Bell" — said she was headed to Applebee's, so Reno followed her there. Once she saw Taco Bell go inside, Reno went to her car and stole it back.

Video 1- “I stole my car back” So after my car was stolen on Tuesday night from Quick Trip off of 152 and North Oak, I filed a police report. We tracked my phone to 169 S and then it was shut off. I watched the surveillance tape but they wouldn’t let me record it so I engraved it in my brain. That night at 1:30am my Unleashed card was used at Taco Bell on Parvin for $14. At 6:32am my Unleashed card was used at BP right by 291 in Independence for $20 for gas. That owner remembered her and let me take a video of the surveillance video. My personal debit was attempted at Walmart.com and declined. I shut off the Unleashed card, my personal debit, and my personal credit card. Last night at 8pm, my phone was turned back on and located in KCMO. We went there and talked to the people who both admitted to seeing my car, knew the color of it, said the person was “just visiting”, and then it got weird. I called the cops but when they got there, the people told them I didn’t know what I was talking about. Long story short, KCPD left. Then today, I decided to turn my credit card back on to see how stupid this girl was. She used my card an hour later at the Conoco/Phillips 66 off 210 and 435 to buy beer, cigarettes, and gas. We drove there and talked to the manager who was actually the one who helped them. He couldn’t show me the surveillance but confirmed it was the same girl and said she had another girl with her. An attendant overheard us and told me she heard the girl say something about going to Applebee’s. I had my sister go to the one in Zona. We went to the one in Gladstone. No sign. We then went to the one in Independence no sign. So we decided to go back to the one in Gladstone and post up. We just had a gut feeling. We order our food and got our waters. Two seconds later, 3 trashy people walk in. I recognized her from the surveillance videos. I was shaking! I grabbed my spare key and went outside and found my car. This video is what happened next. Savannah G-love Dean stayed at the Applebee’s and followed them so we knew where to tell the police they went.

Posted by Danielle Reno on Thursday, July 11, 2019

Reno documented her pursuit of Taco Bell with videos uploaded to Facebook.

"Oh my God, before I call the cops I wanted to show you all what we just found, by doing our own stalking. At Applebees, and my heart's racing," Reno said in one video that had been shared 121 times as of publication. "I got this b---hes' beer in my car and she's short, I had to scoot the seat back. I got her cigarettes and whatever kind of drug pipe that is and I'm about to pull over in a mile down the street and call the cops. But I think I got everything, and she is about to get her ass arrested!"

Police then arrived and arrested the suspected thief and two others, who still had Reno's belongings and credit cards in their possession.

Reno even caught their arrest on video.

Video # 2- “when ‘Taco Bell’ got busted” So after my car was stolen on Tuesday night from Quick Trip off of 152 and North Oak, I filed a police report. We tracked my phone to 169 S and then it was shut off. I watched the surveillance tape but they wouldn’t let me record it so I engraved it in my brain. That night at 1:30am my Unleashed card was used at Taco Bell on Parvin for $14. At 6:32am my Unleashed card was used at BP right by 291 in Independence for $20 for gas. That owner remembered her and let me take a video of the surveillance video. My personal debit was attempted at Walmart.com and declined. I shut off the Unleashed card, my personal debit, and my personal credit card. Last night at 8pm, my phone was turned back on and located in KCMO. We went there and talked to the people who both admitted to seeing my car, knew the color of it, said the person was “just visiting”, and then it got weird. I called the cops but when they got there, the people told them I didn’t know what I was talking about. Long story short, KCPD left. Then today, I decided to turn my credit card back on to see how stupid this girl was. She used my card an hour later at the Conoco/Phillips 66 off 210 and 435 to buy beer, cigarettes, and gas. We drove there and talked to the manager who was actually the one who helped them. He couldn’t show me the surveillance but confirmed it was the same girl and said she had another girl with her. An attendant overheard us and told me she heard the girl say something about going to Applebee’s. I had my sister go to the one in Zona. We went to the one in Gladstone. No sign. We then went to the one in Independence no sign. So we decided to go back to the one in Gladstone and post up. We just had a gut feeling. We order our food and got our waters. Two seconds later, 3 trashy people walk in. I recognized her from the surveillance videos. I was shaking! I grabbed my spare key and went outside and found my car. This video is the follow-up to the first video I posted. Savannah G-love Dean stayed at the Applebee’s and followed them so we knew where to tell the police they went.

Posted by Danielle Reno on Thursday, July 11, 2019

"It would give me great glory to bash her face in right now," Reno can be heard saying in the video. "But I won't do that because it's against the law and I don't wanna go to jail."

Unfortunately for Reno, the thieves trashed her vehicle to the point where she doesn't ever want to drive it again. "Look at my back seat," she told KCTV. "Beer in my back seat. There's stuff on the car seat. There's stuff on the seat. It's just gross."

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