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Seth Meyers highlights KC woman who tracked down her stolen car

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 13:07:39-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City area woman who took matters into her own hands after her vehicle was stolen caught the attention of late night television host Seth Meyers.

After Danielle Reno tracked down the stolen car at an Applebee’s in Gladstone, all while live streaming the event on Facebook, Meyers highlighted her vigilantism on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" in a segment called “the kind of story we need right now.”

“While the rest of us are watching the news every day feeling helpless, this woman watched ‘Taken’ and was like, ‘I could do that, but for my car,’” Meyers said.

Because her phone and wallet were in the stolen car, Reno told 41 Action News she used the Find My iPhone app and credit card statements to track the vehicle. She found it at an Applebee’s on North Antioch Road and used a spare key to drive it away before calling police.

A friend of hers waited at the restaurant and watched the alleged thief walk to Discount Smokes and Liquor nearby.

"Also, how cool is it to be friends with Danielle Reno?" Meyers joked. "Most moms call you and invite you to book club. Danielle’s like, 'Are you free for a stakeout?'"

Lindsey Custer, 27, was arrested and charged with tampering with a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property.

Reno told 41 Action News that finding Custer “was like finding a lost dog” because “she did a lot of dumb things and it made it easier to find her.”

“To be clear, this woman has no previous law enforcement experience,” Meyers said on his show. “She’s just a mom trying to get to the bottom of a crime.”

The late night host and "Saturday Night Live" alum also joked that Reno could have her own detective show on TNT.