ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A story all too familiar: A different family, another stolen truck in Albuquerque. This time it was a family from Michigan passing through; but it’s what was attached to the U-Haul, built from the bottom up, that can’t be replaced.
Last week, John Chicosky was making a cross-country move from Michigan to Nevada. He was driving a 26-foot U-Haul truck, attached was his 1981 Camaro.
“It was a car that I bought for my son when he was 14 years old, it was a father-son project,” Chicosky said.
It was a car Chicosky said he and his son worked on for years; But just one night in Albuquerque and it was gone.
“When I walked out and saw that truck missing, it was just devastating,” he said “It was almost like I just couldn’t do anything, I knew I was powerless and I knew I was stuck.”
A few days later police found the abandoned U-Haul just outside of Albuquerque, but not the car. Thieves trashed the truck, breaking furniture and only leaving behind boxes of family photos and clothes.
“There was 29 years of marriage was inside that truck,” Chicosky said.
Chicosky said the thieves kept a dirt bike, tons of tools, an assortment of shotguns and rifles, and of course his son’s 1981 Camaro. Chicosky said after the incident he still doesn’t have a bad outlook on Albuquerque; but he and his wife want to make sure others are aware.
Chicosky said the Camaro has vintage Michigan plates on it, but because it’s a project car it hasn’t been legally plated.