A woman whose car was stolen spent 2 days tracking it down using GPS and fraudulent credit-card purchases before finding it and taking it back

KCTVDanielle Reno speaking with KCTV News.
  • A Missouri woman whose car was stolen went on a successful two-day sleuthing mission to steal it back.
  • Danielle Reno’s Toyota SUV was stolen from a Kansas City gas station on July 9 with her phone and bank card inside.
  • Using GPS tracking and monitoring her bank-card activity, Reno mapped out the thief’s route, eventually tracking down her car to a local discount store.
  • A store worker tipped Reno off that three women had gotten out of her car and had gone to eat in a nearby Applebee’s.
  • Reno called the Clay County police, who arrested the women. Reno documented her saga, including the arrests, in a string of Facebook videos.
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A Missouri woman whose car was stolen from under her nose spent two days tracking it down using GPS and fraudulent credit-card data before taking it back.

Danielle Reno reported her Toyota 4Runner SUV stolen from a gas station in North Kansas City, as she picked up her daughter at 9:25 p.m. on July 9, KCTV 5 News reported.

What followed was a gruelling 48-hour mission to get it back.

Reno filed an initial police report but began to hunt down her car herself, documenting it in a string of Facebook videos.


In the videos, Reno is seen tracking her smartphone’s GPS location, until the phone is switched off.

Reno then tracked spending activity on one of her bank cards, she told KCTV 5 News, which she also left in the vehicle, to a Taco Bell and then a Walmart.

Arrest car theief kansasDanielle Reno/FacebookAn image from a video posted on facebook by Reno purporting to show the arrest of one of the women accused of stealing her Toyota.

After a tip off from a gas-station worker that three women who had got out of Reno’s car were eating at a nearby Applebee’s restaurant, Reno called the police, and while she waited got back into her car.


Clay County deputies arrested three women on Thursday, 48 hours after the car went missing, KCTV 5 News reported. The women were not named.

“We stalked this lady for 48 hours,” Reno told KCTV 5. “She had no idea what we were doing.”

ApplebeesKCTVThe Kansas City Applebee’s where Reno tracked the car thief to.

In one of the Facebook videos, which ends with several police officers cuffing three women outside a discount store, Reno said: “Oh my gosh, before I call the cops, I wanted to show you all what we just found, by doing our own stalking.”

“At Applebee’s, my heart’s racing. She has my wallet in her hand and my keys in her hand.”

The Clay County police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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