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Woman Tracks Down Car Thief, Drags Him From Barbershop By His Dreadlocks

Detroit, MI – An alleged car thief was dragged out of a barbershop by his dreadlocks by a woman he stole a car from last week.

Bianca Chambers said that someone stole her brand-new, white Mercedes Benz from outside a strip mall on the West Side last week, so she turned to social media tips to track her vehicle down, WJBK reported.

She followed leads around the city for two days and called 911 four times during that period, but her car was always gone by the time police arrived.

On the third day, the tips landed her at a local barbershop, WJBK reported.

“At that point, I was like…I’m not letting this man walk again,” she told WJBK.

Chambers activated her cell phone video recording feature and headed inside.

“Excuse me, you got the Benz out there?” she asked 19-year-old Michael Tolbert, who was sitting in a chair having his dreadlocks twisted.

Tolbert’s response was unclear, but Chambers was sure she’d found the culprit.

“Yes, you do!” she exclaimed, just before a scuffle broke out between her and Tolbert, jostling the camera.

The video showed Tolbert as the irate woman and a group of bystanders dragged him from the shop by his hair and headed outside.

Chambers slashed the tires of her own car once outside to stop Tolbert from taking off while they waited for police to arrive, WJBK reported.

“I slashed all the tires and I thought that he was gonna take off and I didn’t know how long it was going to take for the police to pull up,” she explained. “And I refused to let him pull off again.”

Tolbert was subsequently arrested on charges of receiving and concealing stolen property worth $20,000 or more, according to the news outlet.

He could have pressed assault charges against Chambers for the way in which he was apprehended, but he opted not to do that.

It wasn’t the first time Tolbert has been involved in the theft of a motor vehicle, WJBK reported.

He was previously charged for stealing cars in a nearby suburb when he was just 17, according to the news outlet.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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