RED BANK, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Moore family lives on Crestview Drive in Red Bank. They found their truck missing the one Saturday morning. And thanks to social media, they got it back the same day.
Tammy Moore and her husband woke up January 20th and found their silver F-150 truck stolen from their driveway.
First, Moore called the police. But then she went to Facebook.
“We just started sharing, and it got shared to the right person and that’s how we got our truck back,” Moore said.
In just an hour and a half, Moore’s niece called. She said someone saw the shared post and recognized the truck.
The Moores then made a plan, and got the truck back themselves.
“We actually took it back from them. Now I don’t advise that at all, it’s just that this is the way it happened for us,” Moore said. “They actually bragged that they go through neighborhoods like ours and see if the doors are unlocked to take things out of them.”
Tammy has since created a Facebook page encouraging others in the red bank area to post their stories. She hopes this will help police and the community put a stop to the thefts.
“That’s why I made the group because it was so much helpful for us,” Moore said. “Once you get it out there, everybody sees. And it gets shared and hopefully everything gets back.”
One post shared yesterday shows a White Range Rover stolen out of the Enclave neighborhood, only 2 miles from the Moore’s house.
The owner has surveillance video of the thieves but no other leads.
Chattanooga police are actively investigating the theft, but the owner did remember leaving a spare key fob inside of the car.
“I just want to make people aware to just watch your surroundings like you see anybody in your neighborhood that don’t belong, call the police, report them,” Moore advised. “At least they know you’re watching. You know that’s the way we’re going to put a stop to it. These kids they’re getting away with it and it’s not fair we work hard for our things and they need to learn to do that, too.”
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