Truck stolen from couple traveling the country has been found in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. — A couple’s truck that was stolen from the parking lot of REI in Tacoma more than a week ago has been found.

Ching Fu was notified by Tacoma police on Tuesday that the truck, a dark red 1999 Ford F250 Superduty, was found near the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Wright Park, she told The News Tribune.

It was parked along the street between South 4th and South G streets, nearly 5 miles from where it was stolen.

“Someone called it in as an abandoned vehicle since the license plates were removed,” Fu said.

Fu said there was some interior and exterior damage to the truck and four bike racks and personal stuff in the truck were stolen, but overall it’s “in pretty good condition.”

The police haven’t found the person who stole it, Fu said, but the detective assigned to this case is going to check the vehicle for fingerprints.

Fu and her partner, Jerud Crandall, reported the truck missing on Aug. 8. The two use the truck to haul their trailer, where they live. They’ve been traveling the country for five years.

“Jerud and I are still in shock that the truck was actually found and so damn grateful!” Fu posted on Facebook. “We want to thank each and every one of you who left us comments, shared our posts, sent us good vibes, called, texted, and kept us in your thoughts — friends and strangers alike. You’re wonderful and made me think twice about writing off humanity.”