December 22, 2009

Stolen pickup of military family recovered

Possessions in trailer also taken in overnight theft
By The Spokesman-Review

Sharon and Dewey Brown stand behind their daughter, Cami, who made a poster to try to get back her favorite doll, Jenna. The family was staying overnight in Spokane Valley when their truck and attached U-Haul trailer were stolen.
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A truck stolen from a military family traveling form North Dakota to Western Washignton was found at Spokane Valley apartment complex.

A resident in the area of Sprague and Tschirely Road recognized the truck from news reports, police said Tuesday. Dewey and Sharon Brown and their 7-year-old daughter, Cami, had stopped at the La Quinta Suites, 3800 N. Sullivan Road, Sunday night and found their truck and U-Haul stolen early Monday.

Officers seized the pickup Tuesday and had it towed to the sheriff’s vehicle processing station on West Gardner, where it will be combed for evidence.

The family recovered some items from the trailer Monday but many items, including Cami’s doll, are still missing. The family said Tuesday they were overwhelmed by support from strangers, including several who bought Cami new dolls.

“Out of something so horrible, we’re finding good things, too. It’s a very great community,” said Sharon Brown. “My daughter’s going to have Christmas.”

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