Castro Valley family seeks public's help in locating stolen U-Haul truck containing personal belongings

Bay City News
Friday, August 7, 2020
Shown are U-Haul trucks on a dealer lot, Wednesday, June 14, 2006, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Shown are U-Haul trucks on a dealer lot, Wednesday, June 14, 2006, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- An East Bay family's plans to move to Utah this weekend have been tragically put on hold after the moving van containing all of their personal belongings was stolen early Saturday morning in front of their Castro Valley home.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Luke and Tiffany Purcell and their two children were planning to leave for Utah this weekend. 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.

The truck has Arizona license plates. The plate number is AH54657. It also has a registration number on the truck - TT1148.

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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It's a crime that happened to a San Francisco woman and her fiancé just days before a second incident happened not far away.

"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.