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Stolen Wexford car discovered in Dublin less than 48 hours later - all thanks to Facebook

Published 06/09/2016 | 14:26

The car was discovered on a Dublin 8 street - over 86km from the family's home
The car was discovered on a Dublin 8 street - over 86km from the family's home

A car stolen from a private driveway was discovered by a passer-by over 86km away less than two days later- all thanks to the power of social media.

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The car was stolen from the driveway of a young couple's home in Gorey, Wexford in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Less than 48 hours later, the family were contacted through social media site Facebook with information on the car's whereabouts on a Dublin street in the capital's south inner city.

One of the homeowners, who is seven months pregnant, woke on Sunday morning to discover the car keys were taken from the kitchen table, the 152-registered Nissan Qashqai had disappeared from the driveway and her wallet had been taken from her handbag.

The expectant mum's maternity file was also in the car.

Gardai arrived to investigate the crime shortly after 11.30am.

This photograph with details of the car's registration was posted on Facebook in a bid to find the car
This photograph with details of the car's registration was posted on Facebook in a bid to find the car

Meanwhile, family member Denise Maxwell took a "long shot" and decided to post a picture of the couple's car on her Facebook page.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Denise said she posted the photograph and asked people to share the information.

"They hopped the side gate and got in through the back door before they took the car keys," she said of the incident.

"They went into the kitchen, opened the handbag and took the wallet, went into the hall and got the keys before they left again.

"I put up a picture of the car on my Facebook page thinking it was a long shot, but within an hour it had over 100 shares."

Denise said she woke up the next morning to see the post had garnered almost 500 shares overnight.

"It was being shared by people I knew, but there were a few strangers too.

"One person shared it in Belfast, another in England," she continued.

"Then at 7.30pm on Monday night, a friend contacted me. Someone saw the car in Dublin and had taken a picture of it.

"The person who spotted the car turned out to be a friend of a friend of my brother-in-law's."

Gardai attended the scene and the couple travelled to Dublin to collect the car.

Denise said it was "fantastic" how the power of social media resulted in the young mum-to-be's car being returned to her.

"They are so relieved that they have it back. It was left on a side street off Kevin Street in Dublin 8.

"The car was left parked in a small car park. There was no damage done to it which is the main thing.

"A few items were taken from the car as well but my sister's maternity file was there so that was the main thing.

"I said all the car needs now is a good valet, I can't believe it worked out so well."

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