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Family truck stolen during visit to Spokane for a funeral

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Car theft seems to be an all too common problem in Spokane. We're constantly seeing posts about it on social media but imagine driving thousands of miles to Spokane for a funeral only to wake up to your truck stolen. "One thing after another, turmoil, salt in the wound I guess," said Spokane resident Nicole Zickler. Zickler can't believe what's happened to her family this week, let alone, the last few hours. "We were in shock. We've already been through enough with the family and then this happened," said Zickler.

Her Uncle Dan passed away on Monday from a bad car accident. Family from Kansas quickly came for his funeral for the weekend but the bad news kept rolling in. "Just so happens, they get here last night, they park the truck in the driveway and it gets stolen," said Zickler.

The truck was stolen early Friday morning, with phone chords, seat covers, luggage but that's not where things got strange. "We came around the block and we found it sitting. We found the truck sitting around the block a couple houses down from mine," said Zickler.

The truck was found just about five to six houses down from Zickler's home. KHQ did an experiment and it took 45 seconds to drive to. The family says they are glad to find the truck, though they'll have to replace luggage and stolen items.

After the worry and stress over a funeral, then the shockwave of a stolen truck for a few hours, the entire experience hasn't been the best welcoming for Zickler's family. "I don't even know what to say. I kind of feel violated," said Zickler.

Deputies tell KHQ there's been a trend in the last few weeks where a person or group of people will steal a car, drive it down the street or around the corner, then leave it there and steal everything out of it. They particularly mentioned the Wandermere area so make sure to keep an eye out if you live there.


Call crime check (509) 456-2233 if you see anything suspicious. 

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