Used car lot owners track down suspected thief, confront him outside metro restaurant

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A family who owns an used car lot tracked down a man who they said stole an SUV from their parking lot on Thursday morning. Surveillance video shows a man get in the SUV and take off, even though a security guard chased after him.

Family said it happened at WM Auto Sales along route 291 in Independence. Monica Bowers, one of the owners, said she drove around for hours looking for the SUV. She said more than two hours later she spotted it parked in an IHOP parking lot near 40 Highway and Sterling.

“I told my husband in the early morning, I said, I am not giving up until I find it,” Bowers told FOX 4.

When Bowers located the SUV she said she called police, her husband and her two sons. The group waited for the man to finish eating breakfast and walk back out to the SUV.

“He turned around and went to take off and my son got him, so he didn’t get to go anywhere,” Bowers said.

Bowers said five minutes later the police arrived and took the man into custody.

“Don’t steal from a small company, we will find you,” she told FOX 4.

Bowers said 20 years ago she tracked down another stolen car.

FOX 4 is waiting on charges in the case before we can air the man’s name. Family said the SUV was stolen, tracked down and back for sale on the lot all in the same day.

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