Shop owners go on Facebook crusade to find truck thieves
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - The owners of a Decatur business are fuming over the theft of a vehicle and trailer from their property.
They are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible - and one of the owners has been very vocal on Facebook trying to get the word out.
Clay Bryant is co-owner of Bryant Brothers Automotive on Central Parkway.
He says that he has surveillance camera footage of at least two suspects running across his lot early Saturday morning.
By the time day broke, Bryant's 2005 F-350 and the attached 24-foot River City trailer, both used as part of the business, were gone.
While Decatur police have been conducting an active investigation into the theft, Clay Bryant and his brother and business partner Chris have been running non-stop, following leads given to them by dozens of friends, both on and offline.
"The police have been doing a great job," said Chris Bryant, "but you know how social media works - sometimes it can be very useful."
Clay Bryant has taken to Facebook to call out those responsible, mincing no words in his desire to see the culprits brought to justice.
"I know [you're] probably reading this and I just want you to know that I will not stop till you 3 guys are put under a jail," he wrote. "I will find you and will prosecute so hard that [your] great grand children will feel it."
Support from friends both on and off social media has been immediate, and growing by the hour. Within hours of Clay's original post, there were sightings of the vehicle and trailer coming from around Morgan and Madison Counties. Some reported seeing the vehicle pass by them without the trailer, other times with.
"At this point it's more personal than the material matter," Clay Bryant wrote in another post.
"We're just more frustrated [than angry]," said Chris. "We own a shop and we'd help anybody, we'd go above and beyond. But then someone wants to take something, and it's frustrating. We just want the guys to go to jail and stay there. I'm not putting up with it."
Chris said that a week ago, he and Clay were helping a man who reported his motorcycle stolen during a visit with family in Decatur. They have no evidence, however, that suggests the two incidents are related.
If you have information that can help lead to the arrest of those responsible, you can contact the Decatur Police Department at 256-341-4600.
You can also leave a voice message with Bryant Brothers Automotive at 256-686-3215.
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