LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Lexington college student recently was lucky enough to get his stolen car returned, but it was unrecognizable when he got it back.
Someone swiped Chandler Dawson’s keys from the break room while he was at work and took his car. About a week later, the car was found in town, but the red Nissan had been spray-painted.
“It was spray-painted from bumper to bumper. The hubcaps were taken off. All the stuff was stolen out from inside of it, so it was a totally different car when we got to it,” said Dawson.
He shared pictures of his car on Facebook. The post eventually was shown to Daryl Lyons, the owner of Detail Lex.
“I’ve been in college, so I know what that feeling is like when you’re trying to figure out, ‘How am I going to do this? How am I going to do this? How am I going to pay for that?’ And he’s a really good kid, and I just wanted to help him,” said Lyons.
Even though they were complete strangers, Lyons told Dawson that Detail Lex would take care of detailing the car for free. It took about three weeks of trial and error and every single person in the shop putting in extra hours until, eventually, Chandler had his little red Nissan back.
“Just a total act of grace that Daryl was able to extend. He didn’t have to help me out, and I think that speaks to the character of their business and the folks that work there,” said Dawson.