A single mother was furious to find out her van was stolen, outside of a Kmart in Missouri. Megan Bratten remembered her cell phone was inside the van, and decided to text the thief in desperation. Surprisingly, the thief answered.


Bratten sent out multiple messages to the thief, "I used some pretty explicit words and I said ‘Hey, you just stole a single mother of five's work van. You are ruining my life here,'" she said. Bratten uses the van for her business to provide for her children.

After three hours of unanswered text messages, Bratten sent out one last desperate attempt, "OMG car thief people, can you just give me my van back!," she wrote.

The thief finally answered, texting back step-by-step directions to where she could pick up the van. The last text from the thief described why they decided to steal the van,"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."

When Bratten finally found her van, she noticed the transmission fluid was full. She knew the thief had filled it up for her, because she mentioned in the text messages about the van leaking transmission fluid.

Bratten said she didn't have the heart to follow-up with police.