MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- Surveillance video coming to us from MJM Automotive on Cottage Hill. The guy in the video not interested in buying a car, instead police say he stole a $2,500 winch off a Jeep Wrangler. Almost immediately after we featured the crime on "Caught In The Act" the calls started coming in.

"Within 30 minutes of it airing on FOX 10 -- we had several phone calls from people who recognized the individual that stole the wench off the jeep, and also recognized his vehicle. By the next morning, we had all the information we needed to have him turned over to police," said Joe Gaston, owner of MJM Automotive.

Mobile Police eventually got a warrant and arrested -- 45-year-old Tom Bobo. Records show he has a long history of theft and drug charges.

Gaston even paid out $500 of his own money for the information leading to the arrest.

"I've never been happier to pay out a $500 reward. We actually paid the people who turned him in this past weekend. We were happy to pay it. Glad FOX 10 came out to help us catch this guy. Hopefully he is going to do a little time in jail," said Gaston.

And something Gaston didn't expect -- a buyer for the Jeep.

"The sliver lining is the day after it aired on FOX 10 -- a gentleman came in and said he wanted to buy the Jeep. That it was exactly what he wanted. He said he saw it on FOX 10. We had to get the repairs done... Hopefully he's going to get that Jeep next week and he's as happy as he could be," said Gaston.

Meanwhile, if you have video of people "Caught In The Act" -- email it to us at fox10reportit@fox10tv.com.

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