Website's Commenters Find Stolen DeLorean
Jalopnik readers spot ad on Craigslist
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2013 2:40 PM CDT
This file photo shows DeLorean cars parked outside the DeLorean Motor Company in Huntington Beach, Calif.   (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Paul Bersebach)

(Newser) – Last Thursday, the car-loving website Jalopnik posted a story about a DeLorean that got stolen in Morgan Hills, California, and asked its readers to keep an eye out for the distinctive vehicle. They did that and more. One found an ad for a DeLorean on Craigslist and asked seller "Mikey" to send him a photo of the odometer. Bingo: 636 miles, same as the stolen car. Another emailed transcripts of his communication with Mikey and yet another used Google Earth to pinpoint his location.

At that point, the website got in touch with the owner, who informed police, and, voila, the car will soon be back where it belongs, says the update at Jalopnik. Police haven't released any information on charges for "Mikey" or provided details about the actual theft. Writes the owner's grateful nephew: "THANK YOU JALOPNIK and all my fellow JALOPS for finding the old girl!"

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Sep 30, 2013 3:16 PM CDT
How about a mugshot of "Mikey"?
Sep 28, 2013 5:32 AM CDT
Mullett came with the car for free?
Sep 27, 2013 8:46 PM CDT
A similar thing happened on a website that I belong to for Starions and Conquests. The guy who stole it put the parts up for sale on Ebay and was caught. Here's a tip dumbshits, don't steal a rare vehicle and try to sell it.