Single Mom Sends Text Messages, Convinces Thief to Return Stolen Car

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It might seem counterintuitive, but even criminals can have a heart of gold.

Megan Bratten proves as much this week when she had her car stolen from a parking lot in Independence Missouri, only to realize she left her cell phone inside the vehicle.

So the single mother (of five!) figured she had nothing to lose by texting the culprit and explaining her situation. And he sympathized with her!

"He texted me back and gave me step-by-step directions where to find the van, and I went there with my mom and my dog, and the van was there," Bratten told KCTV5.

The thief, sadly, could relate to Bratten, as he also sent the single mother a message that read:

"I do feel bad... my kids needed a meal on the table so that's what their dad did got them food. I know its wrong but it's been so hard since I lost my job."

In the end, Bratten chose not to press charges.

Especially after she told the criminal that her van leaked transmission fluid - and when found it, there was an empty bottle of transmission fluid in the van that had been used to fill it up.

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