Published: Aug 03, 2010 10:57 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 03, 2010 7:30 PM EDT

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - It was a wild ride in Lehigh as a family tries to track down their stolen stuff. Thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of car parts and a trailer from their yard.

One of the victims tells WINK, "I said, why don't we just get in the car and drive?"

The woman never thought she'd see the tires from this jeep or this trailer again, but she did, after she and her husband and their kids, chased the thieves in their family mini-van.

"So we just decided to take a drive, we didn't think we'd find anything, we had the kids in the car, low and behold, they pull right in front of us with our trailer that they stole hooked up to their truck."

Deputies say the family followed the thieves all the way to their Alva home, while on the phone with 911. When the suspects car stopped, the victim's husband confronted them.

"He got out of the car and told the guy, that's my trailer! The guy denied it, and Zach said, I just don't believe you."

Deputies were on the scene within minutes and arrested Jacob Schroeder, Shelby Berger, Joshua Hermes, Joshua Tatlock.

"We're glad to have our stuff back! Really thankful."

Behind this house, deputies found the missing tires, and the trailer was still hooked up to the thieves truck.
a happy ending, this woman says she never saw coming.

She says, "Surprise!"