But the Match of the Day presenter was thankful to the hordes of followers who instantly offered to help by re-tweeting the post.
The original post, sent to Twitter on Friday said:
Some rotter has stolen my mum's car after dialysis in Leicester. Silver/grey Corsa EX09TXE. I'll reward any help with return. RT please.- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 29, 2013
Lineker then followed it up with a message that explained that many of his mother's personal possessions were in the car at the time as she was in the middle of a house move, and that she was 'heartbroken'.
Not every Twitter user was quite so helpful as many questioned the successful footy ace as to why his mother was driving a 2009 Vauxhall Corsa and not something more flashy.
Lineker responded with:
For all those who are trying to help, thank you. And for all those doing the, why only a Corsa joke, she's well into her 70's kids. Haha
- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 29, 2013
There has been no follow up from the ex-England striker on the whereabouts of the missing vehicle but he has encouraged anyone with information to contact police and not post to his timeline as the weight of responses has made it "hard to see all Tweets".