VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — A thief accused of stealing a Vancouver man’s trailer posted photos of it in front of the victim’s house in a Craigslist ad.
“My wife and I come out to go to the doctors, and she walks ’round the truck and she says, ‘what did you do with your trailer?'” Russ Dunn recalled.
Dunn said he usually kept his trailer in the garage.
Once he found out it was stolen, he began scouring Craigslist.
“It wasn’t until about the 8th day and my wife was looking under ‘cars and trucks’ and she found the ad,” Dunn said. ” And the guy took a photograph of the trailer in my driveway, next to my truck, in front of my house and put it on Craigslist.”
The thief’s ad listed Dunn’s trailer for $300. It was posted just after midnight on January 27, which means the thief began advertising the trailer before he stole it.
“It just galls the living heck out of me that someone would come up under my driveway, under my bedroom window and market it,” Dunn said.
And he isn’t alone. Many theft victims in his position are posting on Craigslist themselves, hoping to receive tips about the thieves who stole their property.
Dunn copied the thief’s picture and posted his own ad, explaining what happened. He got a call from a man who was going to buy the trailer but changed his mind.
“He met the fella and said the truck had no license plates,” Dunn said. “There were 4 guys and he said they looked like tweakers.”
Despite calling, texting and emailing, it appears “Sean”, the suspected trailer thief, doesn’t respond to interested buyers. Now Dunn is left waiting for another tip, hopefully from someone who met the thief himself or bought his stolen trailer.