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Ralph Davis says thieves stole everything he's ever owned Ralph Davis says thieves stole everything he's ever owned
"It's wrong, it's evil, it's ungodly, and they should be punished." A desperate statement from the victim of property theft in Spokane. Ralph Davis has been sleeping on the floor of his apartment for the past two days. That's because he says thieves stole everything he's ever owned, more than $35,000 worth of property. But more than the 'stuff,' it's the memories he wishes he could get back.

"Pictures of my wife," he says. "Pictures of my kids, my mother, who I lost a year ago. Everything. Just everything was in that truck."

That truck is a 40-foot UHaul trailer that Davis had moved his belongings into Friday afternoon. He is in the process of moving to a different apartment and had friends help load up the truck. Then he left the truck overnight, outside his new place. When he showed up on Saturday to unload everything, he was met by a big surprise: nothing.

"I couldn't comprehend it," Davis says. "This big truck, it's missing? I called 911 and reported it missing." Less than 4 hours later, Davis got another surprise: the Spokane County Sheriff's office found the truck. It was parked, still running, near 5th and Havana in Spokane Valley. Davis says he drove to that location, "praying the whole time, 'please God, let my contents be inside the back of this truck.'"

Unfortunately, the truck was empty. Spokane police are investigating the theft because it happened within the city limits, even though the truck was found in Spokane Valley. SPD detectives believe thieves broke a lock on the truck, then broke out the steering column and hot-wired it. They drove it away and shortly after unloaded it.

Since it happened Davis says he's been crying non-stop and hasn't eaten anything. When asked what Davis would do to the thieves he said, "I'd forgive them. And I'd pray for them. But they deserve to get incarcerated and go to prison. The community, the Spokane community, we don't need thieves breaking into people's property and taking their contents, and memories and everything people ever had."

Davis says he'll also personally offer a reward for information that leads to the recovery of his belongings. He says he'll put up $1,500 of his own money if it helps get his belongings back. He also says he knows he'll probably never see the small things again, things like TVs or CD players, but "by the grace of God" he hopes to see some of the bigger furniture and all those pictures.

The police department has dusted the truck for fingerprints, but so far haven't been able to come up with a suspect. If you know anything about this theft call crime check at 509-456-2233.
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