COredneck sends us a NYTimes story (registration may be required) about an Internet community solving a crime
in less than 48 hours. An auto dealer in Calgary lends a car for a test drive — a 1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R
. The test driver and another person don't return the car. The dealer then files a police report, but also posts a message about the stolen car on Beyond.ca
, an automotive fan board. Many people who read the board keep their eyes out and find the car. They also use Facebook to find the suspect and his high school; and they use Google Maps to pinpoint the thief's location. They film the collar and post the video on Beyond.ca. The dealer says, "This guy has worldwide recognition for being a car thief for the rest of his life. The Internet is not going away."