Last Tuesday, a woman named Megan Bratten stopped at a K-Mart outside Kansas City, Missouri to buy her kids school clothes. And when she came out, her minivan was GONE. (We're not sure, but Megan looks like she's in her 30s.)
Then she remembered that her estranged husband's cell phone was still in the car, and started TEXTING it. First she sent an angry message FILLED with profanity.
Then she calmed down, and sent a few more texts, explaining that she's a single mom with five kids, and that losing her van would be DEVASTATING. Megan uses the van for a party rental business, and that's what supports her family.
Her last text read, quote, "OMG car thief people, can you just give me my van back! It would be epic, the miracle I need right now."
Which is when she finally got a text BACK. The guy who stole the van APOLOGIZED, and gave her step-by-step instructions on where to find it. He'd even put in new transmission fluid, after Megan told him it was low.
And HIS last text said, quote, "I do feel bad. My kids needed a meal on the table . . . I know it's wrong but it's been so hard since I lost my job."
Megan found the van six hours after it was stolen. The guy kept the phone, which police could probably use to track him down. But Megan says she won't press charges even if they do. (Fox4KC / KCTV5)