St. Paul man's car is stolen; daughter finds it from halfway across the world

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From left to right, Katie, the fateful Facebook photo, and Jim reunited with his red Volvo.
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A St. Paul's man stolen car was found by his daughter, who is studying abroad in Antwerp, Belgium, thanks to a photo she saw while scrolling through the ol' newsfeed.

Jim Engelking's red Volvo disappeared from outside his Summit Hill home last Friday. His home was also burglarized. A few days later, his 21-year-old daughter Katie was browsing Facebook from halfway across the world when a friend's photo caught her eye.

"She posted this picture of a bad park job and there was this little red Volvo in it that looked exactly like my dad's car," Katie Engelking told KARE 11. "I texted to my mom and dad and said 'this is dad's car.'"

The photo was of a street outside the Goodwill on University Avenue, and when Jim arrived on the scene, his car was still there. He's since taken it back home.

St. Paul Police spokesman Howie Padilla said he doesn't know of any arrests yet being made in connection with the burglary and car theft.

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kennyX
kennyX

Isn't it funny that the car was found in the Midway ghetto.

moore_amanda
moore_amanda

the title is really misleading. it makes it sound like the car was found halfway around the world.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@kennyX What's funny is how you're afraid of everything.

Larabar
Larabar

@moore_amanda"St. Paul man's car is stolen; daughter finds it from halfway across the world"

The title is not misleading, you just misread it. The "from halfway across the world"  part is pretty clear.

kennyX
kennyX

@_Joe_ No actually, what is funny is when white Apologists like you become victims of crime perpetuated by the very people you apologize for. Remember that white hipster last year who got his ass beaten downtown by a flash mob of "youths" (as the Liberal media so lovingly refers to them as). As the guy was laying in the hospital, he told the media, "I don't know why they did this to me. I don't have a racist bone in my body. Why did they target me? I stand up for African American rights." I just thought to myself, "Karma. Is Beautiful".

drewski.k
drewski.k

@Larabar @moore_amanda No... it is misleading... but yeah you are right... but when I initially read it, I thought the same thing... misleading...

Because.... it doesn't even matter where the daughter was... she found it on facebook... so why even put that in the title?

More appropriate and less misleading title would be:

Car Stolen: daughter helps find it via fb picture

_Joe_
_Joe_

@kennyX Cool story bro.  Too bad it has jack shit to do with me.  See, I understand that criminals commit crime because they are assholes, not because of their color.  I don't like assholes.  When they threaten my life or that of my family, I shoot them.  I don't much care what color they are.

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