Stolen RV quickly recovered by Spokane Police - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Stolen RV quickly recovered by Spokane Police

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Call them bold or just stupid, but when thieves decided to swipe a family's dream camper in broad daylight, they didn't try very hard to hid the evidence of their crime.

The first rule of robbery is don't be obvious. Nevertheless, the pair of bad guys behind this heist picked what's probably the most memorable RV in all of Spokane. A half purple fixer-upper beloved of the Wilson family, who have been transforming it into their dream vacation home on wheels. 

"He has spent a lot of time taking everything out of it and redoing it. So much energy, time, money," said Larissa Wilson.

Larissa and her kids were out for ice cream when the RV was swiped from out in front of their home.

"Our girls were so sad it was gone," Wilson said.

But the mom didn't mourn. She got busy looking to bust the crooks by posting pictures of the distinct camper all over social media, and 72 hours later, the big purple people mover was found in North Spokane's Glass Park just a few blocks from their home. But the happy ending gets better, as we found out from the police officers who peeked inside  The thieves left behind IDs and a box Cheez-its, with their fingerprints inside the camper.

Larissa has a message to those who took their camper: "For them to just take something that we have been working so hard for... I don't know, it just hurts. It's like go get a job and you can buy your own stuff."

A reminder to motor home owners out there. The lightweight nature of most RVs makes them easier to break into than regular homes. You'll suffer a lot less heartache if you keep your on-board cash and expensive possessions to a minimum.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Woman stuck in swimming pool turns to Facebook for help

    Woman stuck in swimming pool turns to Facebook for help

    Saturday, August 19 2017 1:59 PM EDT2017-08-19 17:59:35 GMT

    EPPING, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire woman who became stuck in a swimming pool after the ladder broke turned to Facebook to ask for help getting out. Sixty-one-year-old Leslie Kahn was swimming in her pool Aug. 11 when the ladder broke, leaving her stranded. She said she didn't have the strength to pull herself. No one else was home and her cellphone was inside.

    >>

    EPPING, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire woman who became stuck in a swimming pool after the ladder broke turned to Facebook to ask for help getting out. Sixty-one-year-old Leslie Kahn was swimming in her pool Aug. 11 when the ladder broke, leaving her stranded. She said she didn't have the strength to pull herself. No one else was home and her cellphone was inside.

    >>
  • Coeur d'Alene Police investigating after dead man found on Potlatch Hill Road near overpass

    Coeur d'Alene Police investigating after dead man found on Potlatch Hill Road near overpass

    Saturday, August 19 2017 2:39 PM EDT2017-08-19 18:39:19 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Police are investigating after a 38-year-old man was  found near the Interstate 90 overpass on Potlatch Hill Road early Saturday morning. Officers responded to the report of a dead man lying in the road around 1:40 a.m. The man, later identified as Dennis Michael Williams, appeared to have fallen from I-90 onto Potlatch Hill Road below.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Police are investigating after a 38-year-old man was  found near the Interstate 90 overpass on Potlatch Hill Road early Saturday morning. Officers responded to the report of a dead man lying in the road around 1:40 a.m. The man, later identified as Dennis Michael Williams, appeared to have fallen from I-90 onto Potlatch Hill Road below.

    >>
  • How to get free eclipse glasses

    How to get free eclipse glasses

    Friday, August 18 2017 9:43 PM EDT2017-08-19 01:43:18 GMT

    ATHOL, Idaho - With the total solar eclipse just days away, many people are scrambling to find a pair of glasses to safely watch the once-in-a-lifetime event. But the hot commodity is almost nowhere to be found in the Inland Northwest, except at Silverwood Theme Park. Silverwood has 3,000 pairs of glasses. The first 200 people in the park get a free pair, the remaining 2,800 will be sold for $6 each. Glasses are only given to people who buy an admission ticket. 

    >>

    ATHOL, Idaho - With the total solar eclipse just days away, many people are scrambling to find a pair of glasses to safely watch the once-in-a-lifetime event. But the hot commodity is almost nowhere to be found in the Inland Northwest, except at Silverwood Theme Park. Silverwood has 3,000 pairs of glasses. The first 200 people in the park get a free pair, the remaining 2,800 will be sold for $6 each. Glasses are only given to people who buy an admission ticket. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • One couple's special eclipse plan in Spokane

    One couple's special eclipse plan in Spokane

    Sunday, August 20 2017 7:05 PM EDT2017-08-20 23:05:21 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - What are you doing on the day of the eclipse? Most are probably just going to view it, but one couple wanted to make it extra special. They’re getting married in Spokane on Monday. Ralph Fishburn is the officiant of the wedding. He’s done unique weddings before, including one at the start line of Bloomsday.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - What are you doing on the day of the eclipse? Most are probably just going to view it, but one couple wanted to make it extra special. They’re getting married in Spokane on Monday. Ralph Fishburn is the officiant of the wedding. He’s done unique weddings before, including one at the start line of Bloomsday.

    >>
  • US, Canada, Mexico pledge quick work to update NAFTA

    US, Canada, Mexico pledge quick work to update NAFTA

    Sunday, August 20 2017 4:48 PM EDT2017-08-20 20:48:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S., Canadian and Mexican negotiators are pledging to work quickly to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, a 23-year-old pact that President Donald Trump has called the worst trade deal in history. Wrapping up the first round of NAFTA renegotiation talks Sunday, the three countries said they planned to meet again in Mexico Sept. 1-5, in Canada in late September and back in the United States in October.

    >>

    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S., Canadian and Mexican negotiators are pledging to work quickly to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, a 23-year-old pact that President Donald Trump has called the worst trade deal in history. Wrapping up the first round of NAFTA renegotiation talks Sunday, the three countries said they planned to meet again in Mexico Sept. 1-5, in Canada in late September and back in the United States in October.

    >>
  • Prosecutors: Chicago slaying was part of sexual fantasy

    Prosecutors: Chicago slaying was part of sexual fantasy

    Sunday, August 20 2017 4:38 PM EDT2017-08-20 20:38:17 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors say the fatal stabbing of a hairstylist in Chicago was part of a sexual fantasy hatched online between a professor and university employee. An Illinois state prosecutor told an initial court hearing Sunday in Chicago that the plan was to kill someone and then for the two men to kill themselves.

    >>

    CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors say the fatal stabbing of a hairstylist in Chicago was part of a sexual fantasy hatched online between a professor and university employee. An Illinois state prosecutor told an initial court hearing Sunday in Chicago that the plan was to kill someone and then for the two men to kill themselves.

    >>