Tiny house stolen, painted and listed on...

Posted at 12:19 AM, Sep 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-23 03:19:01-04

A family's tiny home was stolen right from their yard, but social media helped them get it back.

Debbie Shick won a yellow playhouse, built by her grandson Cameron Edgerle's class, in a raffle. Her husband loaded it onto a trailer and placed it in their yard, planning to decorate it once harvest season ended.

Friday evening, the family noticed that the trailer and yellow house had gone missing. Turning to social media, Shick asked her McFarland neighbors to keep an eye out for the house. 

Shared more than 400 times, the post grew in popularity across social media and it wasn't long before Facebook sleuths found a listing on Craigslist for the home. It had been painted a different color, but still sat on the trailer Shick had placed it on.

With the help of the Kern County Sheriffs department, a buy for the house was set up and the Shicks were finally reunited with their tiny house. Debbie and her granddaughter plan to paint the house pink, purple and white in a few weeks. Her grandson Cameron thinks the brown color the thieves painted it is, "pretty ugly right now," and plans to help his sister spruce up her new playhouse.