'Facebook found my truck': Ice cream vendor finds truck with help of social media
OKALOOSA ISLAND, Fla. (WPMI) —
One day after after Michael Stadther reported his ice cream truck missing and posted it on Facebook, the truck has been found.
"Facebook found my truck," Stadther said. "I can't believe how many people shared it and knew about it." His original post about the truck was shared over 500 times and was also shared by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
Stadther told NBC 15 that as soon as he found it was stolen from his lot in Okaloosa Island, he contacted police and put it on Facebook for help. The mini golf course adjacent from the lot he parks his truck also had video from security cameras that showed a man stealing it late Friday night.
Stadther received a tip from a friend of a friend who saw the post and remembered seeing the truck on the side of the road in Navarre, Fla. He said that two men were sanding down the truck and that it looked like the one being shared on social media.
He told NBC 15 that he drove to Navarre and rode around with the mutual friend looking for the ice cream truck in the area it was last seen. Stadther said that they found the truck parked outside of a man's trailer on side street and immediately called police.
The truck had been completely stripped of all decals and decoration, including all ice cream stickers and the "We all scream for ice cream" sign that hung above the windshield covered.
According to Stadther, no arrests have yet been made, but the truck is in officials' possession. Stadther said that the man who had his truck claims he bought it for $1,000 and that officers will have to investigate before arrests can be made.
The truck will be taken back to Okaloosa County and be in the possession of official as they investigate, according to Stadther.
Stadther says he is happy to have his truck back, despite the condition of the exterior of the truck.
"I'm just glad I got it back," he said. "As long as it is in working condition, I'm glad to just have found it."
Stadther said he bought the ice cream truck back in 2013 after being inspired by a friend renting out his spare room in his town house that drove one. He said that it's something he's enjoyed for the last five years.