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Single mother of five uses texts to convince thief to return her stolen van

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A single mother of five children is doing everything she can to provide for her children, but sometimes it just gets to be too much. That is especially true when she walks out of the store and notices that her van, her only transportation, has been stolen. As CBS 46 reported on Aug. 14, 2014, she used a few text messages in order to convince the thief to return her van to her.

It's a strange situation, but it's one that has a really happy ending.

"I'm just happy to have my van. I mean who does this, I can't believe this, it is my life, this is real," Megan Bratten said.

Bratten said that it was her work van that was stolen and it was taken right out of the parking lot of the KMart store in Independence, Missouri. A man walked up to her as she came out of the store to ask if she was alright, and she simply said "No, I think my car just got stolen."

KCTV 5 reports that Bratten remembered a cell phone was inside of the van so she sent that phone a text message. She admits that she was truly angry and wasn't very friendly in the first text.

"I used some pretty explicit words and I said ‘Hey, you just stole a single mother of five's work van. You are ruining my life here,'" she said.

After three hours passed, Bratten continued to text, but she began to feel it was a hopeless situation. In her final text, she begged for her vehicle to be returned and said that if he brought it back, "it would be epic, the miracle I need right now."

Unexpectedly, the thief did text Bratten back and gave her step-by-step instructions on where to find the van. The single mother went to the location with her mom and her dog and she found her van. After that, one last text was sent by the thief to Bratten.

"I do feel bad...my kids needed a meal on the table so that's what their dad did got them food. I know its wrong but it's been so hard since I lost my job."

Police have said that Bratten shouldn't have gone alone to retrieve her stolen van as it was very dangerous and they would have gone with her. She said she just didn't have the heart or nerve to press charges or follow up with the cops about the stolen van.

Oddly enough, Bratten tried making the thieves think that the van was really bad and not worth stealing because it leaked transmission fluid.

Upon retrieval of her van, Bratten found an empty bottle of transmission fluid in the van after the thief had filled it up.

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