Tiny home stolen in Australia, quickly found because of social media

Tiny-home living offers a wealth of benefits: It takes up less land, it forces you to minimize your possessions and it can help you lead a more mobile life. But as Australian Julie Bray recently found out, that last benefit of mobility can also turn out to be a downside.

Bray owns a timber company in Canberra, where she has a tiny-home prototype that advertises the possibilities of what her company (Smartdeck and her Simply Tiny Homes business) can do. With it sitting on a trailer to further exhibit the mobility option, it was stolen overnight between Sunday and Monday this week. Bray took to Facebook to post about the theft.

Thank you to the wonders of social media, it was spotted in Kingaroy near Byron Bay, hundreds of miles away. The New York Times reports that this witness alerted authorities and that police eventually found the tiny home farther along in Hervey Bay, over 900 miles from Canberra.

The police then arrested a 24-year-old man on Wednesday and charged him with bringing stolen property into the state of Queensland. While the investigation is still ongoing, Bray’s comment to The New York Times highlights one of the potential (albeit rare) downsides of owning a tiny home: "Who steals a house?"

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