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FOX 10 viewer finds stolen U-Haul containing family's belongings

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A Glendale family preparing for a big move was shocked to see that someone stole the U-Haul van parked right in front of their home -- leaving them desperate for help tracking it down.

The Presmyks finally saved enough to purchase their own home. In preparation for a cross town move, Kevin Presmyk spent Sunday loading the U-Haul.

But thieves stole the moving van parked in their driveway. It was filled with almost everything they own.

"Where do you even start you know, it's our whole life that was in that truck, there's nothing left here but some empty boxes and a few items, some couches and one bed."

Kevin Presmyk says he worked all day Sunday to get the family's possessions loaded up -- and now he fears they'll never see them again.

"We have family pictures, wedding pictures, baby pictures and we have a newborn with health issues. There's stuff in there we needed for him."

"I'm trying not to throw up or cry or… so many emotions going through at the same time," says Jenni Presmyk.

Little 5-month-old Declan is a special needs baby, and many of his medical supplies were stolen as well.

The rest of the family is just reeling, that this close to Christmas, they'll have to make due and hope for a miracle.

It's got to be difficult thinking about all the things that you stuffed inside a 26 foot moving truck. Little Madison made a list of inventory -- that is the only list of their stuff that exists.

"They knew something was going on, because the police were here, so we told them Christmas is going to be good. We'll make sure everything is fine, we'll get as much stuff back as we can," says Jenni.

With help from their neighbors and their church family, the Presmyks told me they'll be ok -- they're just hoping someone sees something so they can track that truck down.

"Miracles happen so maybe we'll get stuff back."

Be on the lookout for a 26-foot U-Haul moving van. We're told there's damage on one side. It has an Arizona license plate number AB05886.


You could call it a Christmas miracle. A valley family who lost all of their belongings to crooks has a reason to smile. The Presmyks have been reunited with their stolen U-Haul truck, and it's all thanks to a 'very alert' FOX 10 viewer.

This viewer had noticed a U-Haul truck parked in front of a vacant home across the street. He says it just showed up there Monday morning. So when Paul Goetz turned on our 5 p.m. newscast, he put two and two together.

Goetz and his wife checked the license tag and sure enough, it was a match.

"I said call the police, I was yelling, I was yelling call the police this is the truck call them right now," he laughs.

"It's the holiday season, the poor guy packed up his truck tried to move his family and boom there's nothing there, that's just wrong," says Terry Thoe.

Police showed up on the scene a short time later and combed through the truck, looking for clues to help lead them to the suspects.

We're told it was clear that the trailer had been rummaged through, and that the crooks later broke into the vacant house.

Meanwhile the Presmyk family arrived on the scene about 7:00 and discovered it indeed was their truck.

"I'm elated I just am so excited, I can't wait to see if our important stuff is in there, I'm just so thankful someone saw the newscast and called," says Jenni Presmyk.

Jenni Presmyk says despite the roller coaster of emotions she felt today, she's focusing on the positive.

"Everybody's been so willing to help. It restores your faith in humanity. People are so willing to help when some bad stuff happens."

Jenni Presmyk says that a lot of the expensive items were stolen, but most of the family photos and mementos were still there, and that is what she was most worried about.

No arrests have been made and Glendale Police are investigating.

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