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

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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.

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

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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.

Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus, 2020 Changli EV • Not-so-running: 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!: https://rb.gy/udnqhh)

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Back in PR, I worked about 70 miles from home (other side of the island), so I had a small apartment I’d stay at close to work. There was a student who lived next door for a few months, and one day she showed up with a different car.

I asked, and she said her car had been stolen in San Juan the previous weekend.

About two months later, I’m in San Juan having drinks, and I see her car parked out in front of the bar I was at. I texted her and asked her for her plate number - when I told her why, she asked me to stay and wait for the cops to arrive.

20 minutes later, police are there with a tow truck, and my thankful neighbor paid for my tab.

It was a good day for all.