Car thief steals Camaro after owner posts vacation pictures on Facebook

LEWISTON, ID - Like it or not, burglary is on the rise. However could you be giving thieves the go ahead without even knowing it?

It's that time of year again where you pack up the family and hit the open road for a spring break vacation.

"My daughters birthday is today actually and so for her birthday she wanted to go see the Space Needle and so we went over to Seattle," said Resident Steve Knight.

Steve Knight and his family traveled the west coast for eight days. Posting pictures along the way to share with family and friends.

"I wanted to touch base with them and let them know what I was doing," said Knight.

But little did he know that he was setting himself up to be robbed.

"I can guarantee there are people in our community that troll Facebook for opportunities to commit crimes," said LPD Captain Roger Lanier.

And that's exactly what happened.

"It was a great time till I got back," said Knight.

It wasn't until the next day that Knight realized his garage was broken into.

"Somebody pried the door knob and then they couldn't get in so they kicked the door or shouldered the door in," said Knight. "Found the keys on the floorboard, opened the main door and drove the car away."

His 1968 Camaro is still missing.

"Built to the nuts 350 in it, street legal slick on the back, center-line wheels, crowl induction hood, new interior black," said Knight.

A hard lesson to learn, but one that's not being taken lightly.

"I have to admit that I am caught up in the smart phone, take a picture and post it mentality and I am changing that," said Knight.

"Besides not posting that information on Facebook, have you're neighbors watch, make regular checks," said Lanier. "We tell people to put their interior lights on timers, motion exterior lights, generally try to make it look like you're living there. Have someone pick up your mail, pick up your paper on the front step."

Knight has now turned to Facebook once again to try and get his car back. He's offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who returns the vehicle no questions asked, and an additional $2,000 if there's a conviction.

If you have any information you are urged to call LPD at 208-746-0171.