Reddit found this dude’s stolen car in a matter of hoursOn December 1, 2017 by Maybell
Getting your car stolen is one of the worst things, but finding it can be MUCH easier than it was a decade ago.
Over Thanksgiving week, Sebastiaan de With, a freelance designer and photographer, got his Land Rover Defender stolen in the San Francisco Bay Area, after just having purchased it a little over a year ago.
Desperate to find any help in locating his car, de With decided to post about it on Twitter and Reddit, asking people to contact him if they happen to see it.
“I thought it’d be pointless to post it, but on the other hand, I really wanted to find my car,” de With told the SF Gate. “They’re extremely hard cars to find in the U.S., and I was waiting on an appraiser to come around to get full coverage, full-value insurance. So it being gone meant I had absolutely nothing, not even a claim payout.”
Eventually people took notice of the posts and passed along the information.
Fucking hell dude. That sucks. I’ll def keep an eye out when I’m in my car/motorcycle.
— Tyler Galpin (@TylerGalpin) November 27, 2017
Texas plates, JYF9061, w/ Texas registration stickers, ‘Romania’ and Scuba diver sticker on back, spare wheel on back, metal plating on hood and bottom of doors.
— Sebastiaan de With (@sdw) November 27, 2017
The compounding of information led to the pivotal help of Redditor RealLycos who was able to reunite de With with his Land Rover.
Sometimes, Reddit can be more than a flaming dumpster. But only sometimes.