Couple's Stolen SUV Returned —With Upgrades
Thief helped get the broken down Durango running at least
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2015 11:55 AM CDT
Um, thanks, buddy.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – If your broken-down vehicle is going to be stolen, at least hope it’s by a thief who knows how to handle a wrench. KHOU reports a couple in Texas were understandably bummed when their 2004 Dodge Durango disappeared from the shoulder of Highway 59 in Cleveland where it went kaput last month. It had hit a deer, had a missing window, and only started with help from tools rather than keys, but it was Shane Peters' only ride to work. Unable to pay for a tow, he left it on the roadside and planned to fetch it when he saved up some cash. Unfortunately for Peters, someone else got there first.

"You don't expect to get something back that's been gone for a month," says wife Chelsea Peters. That's why she was "shocked" when she noticed a familiar Durango pulling out of a gas station in Cleveland on Sunday. She called police and followed the vehicle for miles. When it eventually stopped, Chelsea Peters found the thief "did fix what was wrong with it." The added extras included a new drive shaft, three new wheels, and … "30 little, bitty baggies" of meth in the center console, which police seized, Chelsea Peters says. Shane Peters adds there's some new damage to the steering column, but "I'm very happy we got it back."