When I posted photos of car on FB and here I was thinking that getting the word out might help locate the car. It turns out that it was known almost immediately who took the car, and the likelihood of where he was headed. A police report was promptly filed by a friend.
Several people saw the car wash worker leave in my car. He has family here and in Guadalajara. At some point a family member came in possession of the car and keys in Guadalajara. He notified the local police. I was notified by my friend that the car had been found. (I had a strong sense from the beginning that it would be found).
Retrieving the car from Guadalajara was quite difficult for many reasons. The police assisted me in moving the car to a safer location, but unfortunately it had some damage. With help I was able to bring it to a competent mechanic who checked it out (on a Sunday) and made it safe enough for the long drive back.
The car will need further repairs and a new catalytic converter as the original was stolen.
I think this was truly a "one off" as stealing a car is very rare, especially in a small town like ours.
I hope these details satisfy everyone's curiosity. As I said, it made for a good story, like a telenovela, so maybe I will write it all down someday! If you have further burning questions you can give me a call.
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