Filched Ford F-150 found from Facebook friend’s photo

Enlarge / A 2003 Ford F-150 (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Losing your car to thieves sucks. A Greeley, Colorado man had his Ford F-150 truck stolen in 2015 and two years later was still without his main set of wheels. Now, thanks to Facebook, he has his truck back and a suspect is in custody.

Greeley resident Marvin Trevizo filed a police report in 2015 after he went outside to find that his 2003 Ford F-150 wasn’t where he left it. Fast forward to 2017, and it still hadn't been recovered. A couple weeks ago however, Trevizo was browsing Facebook and a photo caught his attention. It was a very familiar-looking truck that he was seeing because the picture had been “liked” by a sister of one of his Facebook friends. Not only did the truck on Facebook have the same dent as his and the same set of custom wheels, it showed a man by the name of Gustavo Almanza-Pena standing next to it.

Chatting with his Facebook friend, Trevizo discovered that Almanza-Pena occasionally lived at a condo complex in Windsor, Colorado, so he headed over to the complex and saw his stolen truck parked outside. He then went to the Windsor Police Department to inform them of his discovery. Police officers drove to the parking lot, spotted the truck, and noticed a dodgy-looking temporary license plate with an incorrect VIN. Once Trevizo produced the keys to his truck and unlocked it remotely, officers had the truck towed.

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