Cyclist Finds Wife's Stolen Car In Traffic As Driver Runs Away In Panic

Finding your stolen car is not exactly common, but it does happen. Sometimes it’s through considerable effort, and very rarely it’s through sheer dumb luck. A cyclist in Venice, CA, over the weekend fell into the dumb luck method when he happened to spot his wife’s stolen Mazda CX-5 driving around. The person driving the car then decided to go for a little jog.

Here’s the incident, recorded by a nearby witness:


I like the lackadasical “Woooorrrlldstar” the person shooting the video mumbles as the woman runs away.

The cyclist’s car-recovery method is pretty good. He seems to have used his bike to block forward progress of the car (I mean, I guess it could have just run over the bike, but it’s in traffic) and by stopping all traffic on busy Abbot Kinney Blvd., he’s making a scene where everyone is watching, which is likely good. And, of course, he’s calling the cops right away.

The woman driving was 39-year-old Erica Puig, according to ABC7, who was eventually caught and held by witnesses until police arrived.

I guess the takeaway here is that if you’re going to steal a car, don’t drive it within cycling distance of where you stole it, dummy.

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