A ​Woman Does Her Own Detective Work and Tracks Down the People Who Stole Her SUV

I know the police don’t really WANT us taking crime solving into our own hands, but it’s damn impressive when we do.  There’s a woman named Danielle Reno in Kansas City, Missouri.  And last Tuesday night, she stopped at a convenience store and left her SUV running.  She was only inside briefly, but three women stole her SUV and drove off.


Danielle filed a police report, but decided to also handle things herself.  Instead of canceling her credit cards that were in the SUV, she left them open, so she could monitor how the thieves were using them.


Over the course of the next two days, she monitored where the thieves were going.  Eventually, they used the cards at a gas station near Danielle’s house, and Danielle rushed there to ask for information.


A clerk said she heard the women talking about going to Applebee’s.  So Danielle headed to the Applebee’s nearby, sat down, and waited.  And eventually, the thieves drove up in her SUV and walked in.


Danielle stole back her SUV, then called the cops.  And she livestreamed all of it on Facebook.  (Warning:  There’s some profanity.)  The cops went to the Applebee’s, and the women were arrested. 


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


(Kansas City Star)