Tempe business uses Facebook to find stolen equipment

Posted: Updated:
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.

Copyright 2017 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.


  • Social Connect

  • Contact

    AZ Family

Jared DillinghamJared anchors the weekend newscasts at 5, 6, 9 and 10pm on both 3TV and CBS5. He also reports during the week for both stations.

Click to learn more about Jared.

Jared Dillingham

Over his decade in Phoenix, Jared has worked all shifts at 3TV, including a yearlong stint anchoring the weekend morning show.

Since 2007, Jared has covered everything from Senator John McCain's campaign for president, to the Jodi Arias trial, to the largest wildfire in Arizona history.

Jared grew up in New York, and graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science.

After internships at News12 Long Island and NBC in Washington, DC, Jared moved to beautiful "Big Sky Country." He spent a year at KRTV in Great Falls, Montana, before moving to KREM in Spokane, Washington.

The Valley has truly become "home" for Jared. He lives in Phoenix, and spends his mornings listening to as many news/political podcasts as possible, while walking his (now elderly) rescue dogs, Gabby and Bree.

On his days off, Jared can be found at any of the local restaurants which have popped up in the city since he first moved here, or hiking Piestewa Peak or Camelback Mountain.

He also travels as much as possible and runs a blog with advice on visiting cities around the world.

Hide bio