Stolen Car of Vancouver Woman Returned with the Help of Facebook and VPD


A woman from Vancouver says that she is “beyond thankful” after a Facebook post regarding her stolen car connected her with a police officer who looked for the vehicle.

Alexis Westlund informed reporters that her white Mazda 3 Sport was stolen in Mount Pleasant on November 13.

Westlund said: “Tuesday morning, I went to go to work, but my car was gone.”

On Tuesday, she contacted the police. However, there were no witnesses, and the police confirmed that the car was simply entered into the database of the police as a stolen vehicle.

That day, Westlund turned to Facebook to try to look for her car, which she has had in her possession for five years, and originally cost her $15,000.

By Tuesday night, her Facebook post was shared many times, attracting the attention of angry friends, long-distance relatives, and a Vancouver police K9 officer named Ray Wong.

That is where the Vancouver Police Department picked up the story.

Sgt. Jason Robillard said that on Wednesday, the day after the car of Westlund was stolen, two officers in plain clothes saw the vehicle being driven by a man.

Robillard said: “Numerous officers quickly became involved in this fluid investigation, which included our VPD canine team.

“After carefully and quickly weighing options, officers chose a safe location and moved in to make the arrest.”

A 30-year-old man who was also from Vancouver was arrested, and police are requesting charges of Possession of Break-in Instruments, Driving while Prohibited, and Possession of Stolen Property.

The beloved Mazda of Westlund was recovered. However, for the moment, she had no idea of the recovery until Wong reached out to her on Facebook and informed her of the good news.

On Wednesday, in a direct message to Westlund, Wong wrote: “Hi Alexis. You don’t know me, but I saw ur post as a friend shared it!

“We worked the file for over 24 hours with our surveillance team… It was a team effort. Anyways we are glad you are reunited with your car.”

Later that day, Westlund got her car back and naturally posted on Facebook to inform everyone that she and her Mazda were back together again.

She wrote: “There may be some bad people out there, but there are even better people willing to make things right.

“I am incredibly thankful for those who both shared my post and for the team that worked so hard to get my car back to me.”