WEST ST. Paul, Minn. (WCCO) – A Minnesota family’s cross-country trip turned into a nightmare before they hit the road.
They woke up Tuesday morning to find their 26-foot U-Haul van stolen from their driveway in West St. Paul.
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“When those things get ripped from your hands, it literally feels like they… stole our whole house,” Jason Horn said.
Jason and his family of six plan to move to Texas on Tuesday. Inside the truck was a lifetime of memories, including mementos of Lily’s 4-year-old son.
“His hat, his first outfit, the things I earned, my diploma, my CNA degree. Like a lot of important stuff was in there,” said Lily.
With no GPS in the truck, they made a plea on social media. A neighbor captured surveillance video showing a vehicle pulling a U-Haul around 11pm and being followed by a second vehicle.
As the family was sharing their loss story, they received word that someone had called the police after seeing their neighbor bring a U-Haul truck home in the middle of the night. They also saw a family member post on social media.
Less than two miles away, West St. Paul is investigating the outside of a home after they say they found items they believe are inside the family’s U-Haul.
Jason said: “I don’t want to cry because it proves ‘Minnesota Nice’, and we’re all looking for each other.
While it’s unclear if they’ll ever get everything back, Jason says the holidays have looked a little brighter.
“God bless everyone,” he said. “It’s still Christmas.”
It is not clear whether the U-Haul truck will be recalled. The family said they are working with police to identify the items they found.
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2021/12/14/uhaul-truck-stolen-west-st-paul/ West St community. Paul helps family find ‘Memories of a Lifetime’ stolen in U-Haul truck – WCCO