ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It's not the kind of ending to a crime story that's usually reported.
A WALB News 10 story about the theft got a lot of attention last week because the owner offered an assault rifle as a reward to help capture the thief.
The owner of the tractor, Josh Smith, says he thinks the thieves got scared and brought it back because so many people were aware of the stolen tractor.
The tractor was stolen January 29th. Somebody loaded it onto a trailer and drove it away.
But Tuesday Smith got the $11,000 tractor back.
"I just want to say I believe there is a lot of good people in the world still," Smith said. "It really opened my eyes."
Smith called out on social media for help finding his tractor, and got a lot of people sharing his story. He's now learned Friday night apparently the thieves brought it back.
"They just sat it over there on the side of the road," Smith said. "And then high tailed it back to where ever they came from, I guess."
Dougherty County Police found the tractor beside the road and had it impounded.
Monday they informed Smith they had his tractor. The thieves are still unknown.
Smith says the tractor is in perfect shape, and available for sale again. But after the theft, they have improved security at their business.
"I've already got a lot more cameras up that we had," Smith said. "And the police department is going to continue to keep an eye out for us."
Dougherty County police fingerprinted the tractor, and are still investigating the theft.
The reward offer of the A.R. 15 still stands, if anyone provides information for the arrest and conviction of the thieves.