November 29, 2020

U-Haul van containing all of family’s belongings stolen in Castro Valley


CASTRO VALLEY — A-U-Haul moving van containing all of a family’s personal belongings in preparation for moving to Utah was stolen from outside their home early Saturday morning, authorities said.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft on Cameron Street.

Luke and Tiffany Purcell and their two children were planning to leave this weekend, where they once lived.  Among the belongings inside the van were family heirlooms, the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.

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 about  2:15 a.m. It is believed to have been 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.

“I just want our personal belongings back,” Purcell said. “I don’t  care about the furniture or anything else.”

Anyone with information can contact the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department at 510-667-7721.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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Author: Peter Hegarty