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SJC Family's Missing SUV Found

And you'll never guess where and by whom.

Remember at the end of April? It’s been found.

By the owners.

The Benjamin family, which lives in the Sun Ranch development off Del Obispo Street, decided to head on over for Mexican food at in Capo Beach Saturday night for an early Mother's Day meal with wife Michele's mom.

But they took their usual long-way around, going through to check out the water. When they looked up the hill, where the valet at the  parks diners' cars, they saw a black Ford Excursion.

It couldn’t be.

Could it?

The car has a combination entry, so Rob Benjamin punched in the numbers while the family held its collective breath.

“It worked!” wrote Michele Benjamin.

“Thanks to everyone who said a prayer for us,” Michele Benjamin wrote on San Juan Capistrano Patch’s Facebook wall. “We found our truck, two weeks and 2 miles from our home!!!! God is good.”

The family of six has been getting around with the one remaining car, bicycles and – in inclement weather – on the kindness of neighbors.

After Orange County Sheriff’s deputies could not find the suspected thieves, they had the SUV towed so investigators could look for evidence of the thieves’ identity before they hand it back to the family.

“Police really seem intent on scouring every inch for any fingerprint,” Michele Benjamin told Patch. “Should be easy...he/she/they went through everything!”

Eric Bergstrom May 14, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Same thing happened to me and my dad. We were so excited when we found the truck.
Melissa Hodge May 14, 2012 at 02:56 PM
So cool that it was recovered!
Penny Arévalo (Editor) May 14, 2012 at 05:33 PM
As my middle school daughter would say, I know, right? :-)
Maura Mikulec May 15, 2012 at 06:16 AM
I wonder.....was God being bad when the car got stolen?

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