Single Mother Asks Thief to Return Stolen Van Via Text, So He Does

Who knew texting could be used to accomplish something positive, other than maybe a late night booty call?

In this case, a woman used texts to convince a thief to return her stolen van. Megan Bratten walked out of a Kmart in Missouri to discover that her van had been stolen.

“An older gentleman was like, ‘Are you OK?’ and I said ‘No, I think my car just got stolen,'” she said.

To make matters worse, Bratten, a single mother of five, uses the van for her work to support her family.

“I just got angry and then I remembered that phone was in there and I thought ‘Let me text them a message’ and I did.”

Bratten’s first text to the phone wasn’t the nicest imaginable, and understandably so. Besides using a few expletives, she said, in essence, “Hey, you just stole a single mother of five’s work van. You are ruining my life here.”

She continued sending the angry and desperate texts for three hours before finally making one last plea, writing, “OMG car thief people can you just give me my van back! It would be epic, the miracle I need right now.”

Against all odds, the text got through to the thief, who texted back step-by-step directions on where to find the van. Sure enough, she showed up and the van was right where the thief said it would be.

The thief sent one final text message, explaining his actions, which read, “I do feel bad…my kids needed a meal on the table so that’s what their dad did got them food. I know its wrong but it’s been so hard since I lost my job.”