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Couple, hoping to find car thieves, posts home security video online

June 12, 2012 | 11:27 am

A couple in the Central Valley town of Talthrop is taking to the Internet to try to find the thieves who stole their car.

Steve Nelson says he knew something was not right early Saturday morning when his dog started barking.

Nelson moved toward the front door of his home, where he was confronted by a surprising sight.

He opened his door and saw his car backing out of the driveway, he told FOX40 in Sacramento.

Turns out the Nelsons’ dog, Pismo, would start them on a high-tech game of hide and seek. They run  a remodeling operation for custom cars in the back of their home, so they have surveillance cameras watching it 24/7.

“We put them in the front kind of as a fluke. Just 'cause we had an extra camera,” said Nelson's wife, Amanda.

Nelsons' tricked-out Honda Accord was just out of the camera's view when thieves came calling. But it did catch their three-minute visit and the car backing out of the driveway and pulling away.

“It had a supercharger and a couple other after-market parts that are expensive, but not too many people have, so I have a feeling that's why they took it,” Nelson said.

Parts for other cars were inside the stolen vehicle.

"I'm building my 1960 Karmann Ghia and my parts were in the floorboard in the passenger seat and it's hard to find those parts,” Amanda said.

In addition to sharing the video with police, the Nelsons put it on YouTube, calling on Web wanderers to tip them off if they see the car or the thieves. And they had a few words for the thieves.

“Try working for what you want in life and you can have the nice things we have without stealing,”  Amanda said.


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-- Sonseeahray Tonsall, Fox40 Sacramento