Woman convinces car thief to give back car via text message

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A Missouri woman was able to convince a thief to return her stolen van after pleading with the crook to have a heart. Megan Bratten noticed her van was gone after she walked out of a local K-Mart last week. "An older gentleman was like, are you ok? And I said, no I think my car just got stolen," Bratten said. The stolen vehicle was her work van. The same van she uses for her business to provide for her five children. "I just got angry and I then remembered that phone was in there and I thought, let me text them a message," Bratten said. The first text wasn't so nice. "I used some pretty explicit words and I said, Hey, you just stole a single mother of five's work van," Bratten said. Three hours went by and Bratten kept texting and then on her final text, she desperately pleaded.OMG car thief people can you just give me my van back."Then he text 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 said. The thief sent Bratten a final text which read: I do feel kids needed a meal on the table so that's what their dad did, got them food. I know it's wrong but it's been so hard since I lost my job."Megan said she didn't have the heart to call police."I can really relate on the human level of the struggle of feeling desperate and making poor choices. I can understand how people act out of fear and desperation. What matters in the end, he really did the right thing," Bratten said. Police say it was a risky move for Bratten to return to pick up her van without calling police. They would have gone with her. Bratten said in one of her messages to the thief that the van leaked transmission fluid. When she got to the van, there was an empty bottle of transmission fluid that had been used to replenish the vehicle. (Video Source: CNN)