2 separate Uhaul thefts take 'entire life' from 2 families



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Posted on May 26, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 27 at 9:09 AM

Two families had almost all their personal belongings stolen in separate U-Haul thefts Sunday night and Monday morning. One of the thefts was capture on a surveillance camera.

Rafael Irisarri, a musician, had his entire recording studio collection loaded into a U-Haul truck in front of their home on Seattle's Capitol Hill, ready for the planned move to New York on Monday.

"I woke up at 6 a.m. and, 'Oh shoot, where's our stuff?'" he said.

"I thought he was kidding," said his wife, Rita. She is a clothing designer and had all her sewing machines and sample clothing from 13 years in the industry packed in the same truck.

"It really took me by surprise," she said. "I'm trying to hold myself together."

The day they were supposed to be driving across the country to their new life was spent cataloging their old one for an insurance claim, a story that strikes a chord with Taylor Vick.

"It's one thing to take other people's things," said Vick. "It's another to take their entire life."

Having just moved here from Minneapolis, Vick says his father had left their U-Haul in the parking lot of the Bellevue Hilton for just 15 minutes Sunday night, when it disappeared.

"He calls me and says, 'The U-Haul has been stolen! I don't know what to do,' and I'm like 'I don't know what to do either.' I didn't think this could ever happen."

The Vicks sadly learned the hotel has no surveillance cameras in its parking lot. But the Irisarri's next door neighbor did have one, and it captured the theft just after 4 a.m. Monday morning.

The video shows a bald man walking into frame and he's soon joined by an accomplice. In just three minutes, the two of them break in and apparently hot wire the truck.

"Watching them take three minutes to steal all my 23 years of Seattle was heartbreaking, and perhaps one day they may feel something similar themselves," said Rita Irisarri.

The Irrisari's posted a list of all their missing belongings here. Their truck is a 17" U-Haul truck with the Arizona license plate AD29272. Seattle police is handling their case.

Taylor Vick's is a 14' truck, with the Arizona license plate number AE30119.  A 2011 Ford Fusion with Minnesota plates was mounted on the back. Its license plate is DTT 534. Bellevue police is handling Vick's case, and as of late Monday night, they believe the U-Haul had been located in Tacoma.