RICHMOND -- A vigilant car lover used social media to track the thieves that allegedly took off with his car and tried to resell it, Richmond police said Wednesday.
On May 6, the unidentified Richmond man reported his car, a red 2000 Chevrolet Camaro, had been stolen by another man in the Hilltop area of the city, said Richmond police Lt. Andre Hill.
The man was able to follow the thief as well as his getaway car all the way to East Oakland, where he lost sight of his Camaro.
Over the next few months, the man checked social media sites where he would see various photos of his car, but no other information would be available, specifically where the car was located.
On Aug. 1, Hill said the man told police his car showed up for sale on Craigslist. He notified Richmond police, who organized an undercover operation to entice the seller to meet officers at El Cerrito Plaza.
The man, whose name is not being released by police, agreed to meet a potential "buyer" late Tuesday afternoon, and when the suspect arrived at El Cerrito Plaza, he was subsequently taken into custody.
According to Hill, the man has told police he did not steal the car, but rather received it from someone else. The man is not a known car thief, and police are still looking into whether the theft was at all gang-related.
"It was good work by the victim," Hill said. "He was really diligent."