LOCATED: The U-HAUL was located unoccupied a short time ago in Oakland. ACSO deputies are on scene to recover it and return it to the family. It appears pretty full, so we are hopeful all of their personal family belongings are still inside. Call 510-667-7721 w/any suspect info. https://t.co/Q4hpjGeq2J— Alameda County Sheriff (@ACSOSheriffs) August 4, 2020
Officials say the truck appears to be "pretty full" and deputies are on the scene to return the truck to the Purcell family who was planning on moving to Utah over the weekend.
Luke and Tiffany Purcell and their two children said their moving van was packed, and they had planned to finish up vacating their Cameron Street residence this weekend to head back to Utah, where they once lived.
Luke Purcell said the moving van, a 20-foot-long U-Haul truck, was last seen driving west on Grove Way near Trader Joe's in Castro Valley at approximately 2:15 a.m. It was stolen sometime after midnight.
U-HAUL stolen with all of a Castro Valley family’s personal belongings, including family heirlooms. If you have information about this theft or the whereabouts of the U-HAUL (AZ lic# AH54657, truck no. TT1148) please help and call ACSO at 510-667-7721. https://t.co/dyZbhpUbUg— Alameda County Sheriff (@ACSOSheriffs) August 1, 2020
Purcell said he and his wife and family have lived in Castro Valley for the last eight years, and this is the first time that they have been victims of a crime.
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"I just want our personal belongings back," Purcell said. "I don't care about the furniture or anything else."
Besides furniture and other property, he said there were personal family heirlooms that were in the truck, belongings that would not be important to anyone else.
"Life is already hard enough, especially nowadays," Purcell added.
This morning's crime may have been captured on neighbors' surveillance cameras. Purcell said that, in preparation for the move this weekend, he had already taken down surveillance cameras he had put up at the residence.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Alameda County Sheriff's Department at (510) 667-7721.
Bay City News contributed to this report.