Army Specialist Joshua Craft was planning on moving his family into their new rental home in Lacey, Washington.
He had made the trip from Georgia to the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Jaimee, and their 1-year-old son, Henry.
“We moved from Fort Stewart Georgia, it’s right near Savannah. We were at Fort Stewart and now he’s been stationed at the Joint Base [Lewis-McChord],” Jaimee Craft told Q13 Fox.
After spending a few days in the Lacey Days Inn, they were more than ready to stretch their legs out in their new home.
Sadly, some criminals thought otherwise.
Someone made off with the U-Haul truck Craft had rented, NBC affiliate KGW reports, absconding with the family’s washer and dryer, baby’s crib, important personal documents, even a motorcycle.
“Everything from beds, washer and dryer, his motorcycle, our Social Security numbers, birth certificates, you name it, if it is in your house, it was in our truck,” Jaimee said. “His 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan; his motorcycle, it even had the key in it.”
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Craft had insurance on the vehicle, so those items will eventually be replaced, but a number of World War II keepsakes Jaimee Craft had received from her grandfather may be lost forever.
The security camera at the hotel the family was staying at was not operational, and the only video evidence authorities have to go on is from a neighboring business. The 20-foot U-Haul truck had Arizona plates AE48684, and police are currently investigating the crime. In the meantime, the Crafts are hoping they won’t get taken advantage of again.
“We are in the process of contacting the Social Security department, freezing our credit and everything so no one can try to open up credit lines,” Jaimee said.
With most of their belongings in that truck, all the Crafts were left with was a small bag of their son’s clothes.
“You don’t really realize how much you rely on a high chair with a 1-year-old until you don’t have one,” Jaimee said.
Moving is already a stressful undertaking, and the robbery was unwelcome and unexpected, to say the least, but the Crafts are keeping a positive outlook. They are hoping their lives will eventually return to normalcy.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.