Couple gets their stolen car back and find out it was used for Lyft
A bizarre story has come out of Livermore were a couple’s brand new Honda HR-V was stolen while parked in front of their apartment complex in late August. Four months later, their car was recovered by Hayward police. Cierra and Josh Barton were surprised to find that their vehicle was still in relatively good shape, apart from some dents and a rattling hood. Cierra Barton stated,
I was imaging the worst when we went to pick it up. It wasn’t burned out, it wasn’t gutted, but it appeared to be have been used as a Lyft. Not only did someone steal our car, they made money off it.
The Barton’s vehicle had Lyft stickers in the front and back windows and the odometer had jumped from 2,000 miles to over 13,000 miles. The Barton’s vehicle was found in Hayward and had been abandoned and sitting on a roadside for about two weeks. According to Hayward Police spokesperson Tasha DeCosta, stolen cars are “rampant, dime-a-dozen” in her jurisdiction. According to a 2015 National Insurance Crime Bureau report, about 90,000 vehicles were stolen in San Francisco, Oakland and Hayward from 2012 to 2014. The Barton’s vehicle still had paper dealership plates when it was stolen and weirdly enough, a metal plate registered to the vehicle was discovered by Pleasanton Police a couple weeks after the vehicle was recovered. The story is certainly bizarre and Lyft was also unable to match the vehicle to any Lyft accounts in the area.