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Tempe business uses Facebook to find stolen equipment

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TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Tempe business owner was hesitant to post surveillance video of a theft on Facebook, but she's glad she gave it a shot.

"My heart just came up to my throat when I watched the video," Teri Carlin said.

She owns Riverbound Sports, a paddleboard company on University Drive in Tempe.

The trailer they use to haul boards to events disappeared over the weekend.  

Cameras caught two men cutting through locks and chains, and driving away with the $4,000 trailer.

"They'd clearly done it before. They seemed like professionals," Carlin said.

She shared the video on Facebook, and it was quickly shared and viewed thousands of times.

Tuesday night, a perfect stranger who'd seen the video, spotted the trailer in Mesa.

"It was thanks to social media, and people being good humans," Carlin said, "It really restored my faith in humanity."

Tempe Police warn people not to completely solve crimes on their own.

"The biggest thing is safety.  We never want someone to meet with a potential suspect to try to get their stuff back," Det. Lily Duran said.

In this case, the man in Mesa called police to respond to the stolen trailer.

"I really expected the worst, that I'd never see it again," Carlin said.

She still has the video posted, because the suspected thieves have not been caught.

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