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Local 12 News Viewer Finds Stolen SUV
FINNEYTOWN, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- A Finneytown couple's stolen SUV is returned to them thanks to a repo man with a knack for finding cars that people try to hide.
Someone broke into Dino and Robin Costanzo's home on Christmas Day while they were celebrating at a relative's house. The burglar broke their front window with a brick and stole cash, jewelry, laptop computers and the couple's GMC Yukon. The vehicle was packed for a hunting trip and had two shotguns and gift cards in it.
Tuesday afternoon, Dino Costanzo picked up his GMC Yukon from the Springfield Police Dept.
"I can smell the same cologne that I could smell in my house so he was wearing some kind of weird cologne," Costanzo said
Local 12 News first reported the Christmas Day burglary last week. The Christmas crook smashed the front window of the house with a brick.
"$425 in gift cards are still here. That's huge. That's huge," Costanzo said.
The Costanzos have their SUV back thanks to Ed Monahan. He's a retired Cincinnati Police detective who repossesses cars during the winter months. Monday afternoon, Monahan was looking for a vehicle in College Hill when he spotted the Costanzo's SUV.
"So I was just checking every street going up and down. When I saw that I thought, geez, that looks like the one I saw on TV," Monahan said.
Monahan remembered the license plate contained the numbers 1 and 8 surrounded by letters. He saw the vehicle parked on Faircrest Ct. and drove by a second time to verify the license plate number. He called police and went to the Costanzos' home to tell them he had found the vehicle.
"It gives you a good feeling to hopefully help solve it. But nobody got caught so nothing's really been resolved so far," Monahan said.
And that's the big question: Who broke into the Costanzo's home and stole their stuff? Only the burglar knows. But the Costanzos are glad they have their SUV back and they know they have Ed Monahan to thank for it.
"People that are in that line of work and they really have a knack for it. And he no doubt has a knack for it . And so yeah, I'm just thrilled to death," Dino Costanzo said.
The jewelry and laptop computers are still missing. Anyone with information about the burglary or the stolen items can call Crime Stoppers at 513.352.3040.