‘Dumbest criminal of all’: Detroit woman shocks car thief with wild confrontation 3 days later

Bianca Chambers tracks down car thief, slashes tires to make sure he couldn’t get away

A Detroit woman called the teenager who stole her car “the dumbest criminal of all” after she spent three days tracking him down and then physically confronted him inside a business.

DETROIT – A Detroit woman called the teenager who stole her car “the dumbest criminal of all” after she spent three days tracking him down and then physically confronted him inside a business.

The white Mercedez-Benz that Bianca Chambers drives and shares with her boyfriend was stolen earlier this week, and she was determined to track it down.

The Mercedez-Benz that was stolen this week. (WDIV)

Chambers said the car was stolen Monday (July 12) from the shops at Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue. She decided to track down the person responsible.

“You’re the dumbest criminal of all,” Chambers said. “I’m the wrong one. Cops going to find you. You’re a thief -- a thief.”

First, Chambers put an alert about the stolen car on Facebook and Instagram. The posts lit up Monday, with people reporting that they had seen the Mercedez-Benz near Grand River Avenue and Greenfield Road.

Detroit business owner tracks down stolen car, takes it back

“Eight Mile and Greenfield, I see him,” Chambers said. “I said, ‘Oh my God, this is my car.’”

She said the driver sped away.

On Tuesday, the car was seen again, this time parked near Taste of Honey Boutique on Greenfield Road -- the business Chambers owns. Two people were sitting inside the car, officials said.

On July 14, 2021, the stolen Mercedez-Benz was seen parked near the Taste of Honey Boutique. (WDIV)

Chambers reported the stolen car to police.

On Wednesday, the car was spotted outside a hair salon. The teenager was inside the business, and Chambers walked right up to him.

“Excuse me, you got that Benz out there?” she asked in a recording of the confrontation. “Yes you do.”

The ensuing physical altercation is difficult to follow in the video, but Chambers can be heard accusing the teenager of taking the car.

The teenager Bianca Chambers confronted July 14, 2021, about stealing her car. (WDIV)

“I feel like he needed an old-fashioned a-- whooping because you’re going to stop stealing people’s cars,” Chambers said.

She said before she went inside the business to confront the teen, she slashed all four tires on the Mercedez-Benz to make sure nobody could drive it away.

“I need to slash all four,” she said. “I didn’t want you to think that you were about to get anywhere far. Today was just the last straw. I just was not -- I refuse to let this man joyride another day in my car. You will never steal from me again.”

Bianca Chambers slashed the tires of her own Mercedez-Benz to make sure a car thief couldn't drive off in it again. (WDIV)

Chambers said she continued to investigate afterward to find out more about the teenager. She said she found an article on ClickOnDetroit about him stealing a different car in Northville.

Chambers admitted she put hands on the teenager during their altercation. Police were called, but the person they’re holding said he doesn’t want to press charges against her for the physical confrontation, according to authorities.

That person is being held on the accusation of receiving stolen property, police said.


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Derick is a Senior Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with Local 4 News since April 2013. Derick specializes in breaking news, crime and local sports.