Social media post helps Allen Park police catch suspected car thief

Victim working at Fairlane Mall while car was stolen

Facebook post helps Allen Park police catch suspected car thief in 20 minutes

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – A photo of a suspected car thief posted to Facebook helped police in Allen Park apprehend the suspect 20 minutes later.

The suspected thief used the victim’s car keys to locate the car while the victim was working at Fairlane Mall and had no idea the car was being taken.

Police said the suspect found the victim’s jacket and took the keys to his 2014 Buick Regal.

Allen Park police had surveillance video of the suspect and one clear image. They turned to Facebook with a plea for anyone who recognized the man.

Police said five people reached out claiming they knew him.

Within 30 minutes, police had 22-year-old Thomas Strunk in custody. Police said he’s struggled with homelessness and through a slew of tips, they were able to narrow down a possible location.

You can watch Priya Mann’s full story in the video above.

Police said Strunk was remorseful but would only say he left the car in Ecorse with the keys still inside. He was charged with several counts including larceny and theft of a motor vehicle.

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About the Authors:

Priya joined WDIV-Local 4 in 2013 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Education: B.A. in Communications/Post Grad in Advanced Journalism

Dane is a producer and media enthusiast. He previously worked freelance video production and writing jobs in Michigan, Georgia and Massachusetts. Dane graduated from the Specs Howard School of Media Arts.