Saturday, July 31, 2021
Saturday, July 31, 2021

Stolen RVs Report. Let’s find these for their owners

In each issue of our Sunday RV Travel Newsletter we publish photos and information about stolen recreational vehicles. Here are the stolen RVs that we reported to our readers beginning in Nov., 2020.

If you have seen any of these RVs, please respond to the proper authorities. If you cannot figure which police agency to contact, send your information about the stolen vehicle to us at editor (at) rvtravel.com .

If you are aware that any of these RVs have been found, please let us know at the same email address as above.

The most recent thefts are listed first.

UPDATED JULY 12, 2021

THE STOLEN RVs


Police in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, are asking for help in identifying two males and a female connected to the theft of two travel trailers. The trailers were parked in the sales lot at Cousins RV, located on Youngfield Street. Anyone with information on the suspects or the trucks they were driving is asked to contact Detective K. Smith of the Wheat Ridge Police Department at 303-235-2980. Posted July 11, 2021

A callous thief has really thrown a monkey wrench in the new life of a couple from the Midwest. The pair sold their home on Monday, June 14, having put all their keepsakes in their travel trailer to move to Oregon to be near their grandkids. They got as far as Blue Springs, Missouri, and laid over at the La Quinta Inn. On Wednesday morning, June 16, they awoke to find their trailer and pickup truck gone. Can you help resolve this heartbreaker? The RV is a Flagstaff Micro Lite travel trailer, white in color, with an unusual spare tire cover, as you can see from the photo. The tow rig is a 2002 white Ford F-250 diesel, extended cab, with a white canopy. If you have any information, please phone the Blue Springs, Missouri, police at 816-228-0151.

Kaukauna, Wisconsin, police are looking for the people who swiped a travel trailer from a storage complex on Wrightstown Road. This missing rig is a 23′ Salem FSX, gray and white in color. The brazen crooks simply drove in to the facility, hitched up, and drove out. Their tow rig is a bit hard to miss: It’s a flat-black painted Chevy Tahoe or GMC Yukon, two-wheel drive from the late ’90s. The passenger side rear-most window is missing. The suspect tow rig has been seen in the Necedah and Green Bay areas. Suspects were also caught on security cam videos – their images are superimposed on the main picture. Know something? Sergeant Sheldon Pedranzan would like to hear from you at 920-832-5625. The case number is 21-027627. Posted July 4, 2021


Stolen June 6th from 12th and Nyssa in Junction City, Oregon. Hurried crooks left a scrape mark on the street until they wised up and fixed a dragging hitch, all the way out to Highway 99. This 27′ 1/2-ton Series Cougar has a marker-light level mounted backup camera, has front and rear entry doors, and bears a tag R827607. Know something? Call a heartbroken owner, Wendy, at 541-321-1549. Posted June 26, 2021


It’s another storage yard “Here today, gone tomorrow” theft story. An RVer went to City Wide Storage in Salina, Kansas, to load up his rig for a vacation – but it wasn’t there. The 2020 Jayco Jay Feather 27RL had been there the day before, but somewhere between those days, it vanished. The white and silver rig bore Kansas plate 478MZA. Know something? Call Crime Stoppers at 785-825-TIPS. POSTED June 20, 2021


This Winnebago motorhome was stolen May 14 from Broken Wheel RV in Orange, California. The license is CA 8UIT623. Police reported later that it had been spotted in Huntington Beach, CA. Someone else reported seeing it in the Apple Valley Walmart parking lot.

This Keystone Cougar travel trailer was stolen June 7 in Junction City, Oregon. The license is R827607. If you have information please call owner Wendy Erickson at (541)321-1549. POSTED June 13, 2021


Police have told the heartbroken owner they should just file an insurance claim. Let’s see if there’s any help we can provide. Stolen some time after March 21, but probably before April 30. Taken from Longhorn State Storage in Crowley, Texas. The owners dropped the rig off, and found an empty parking space on their return. Police say the secure video footage only goes back to April 30, and without a specific date of theft, there’s not much they can do. A 2016 Winnebago Micro Minnie, 2106FBS model. It’s a pretty distinctive color, so maybe somebody will spot it. If you do, contact the Tarrant County Sheriff regarding case 2021-06094. Phone them at (817) 884-3099. POSTED June 8, 2021


There’s not much to go on as to the stolen travel trailer, but security camera images may help with the crook. Elkhart, Indiana, police say a fellow with a Chevy Tahoe with black rims and fender trim made off with a Salem travel trailer. It took place Sunday, May 16, on Wyland Drive at 7 p.m. The driver was wearing a hat, a light-colored face mask, and dark clothing. Got information? Call the Elkhart Police at 574-295-7070 or Detective Runyan, #389, at 574-389-4731. POSTED May 30, 2021


A few details about a stolen 2006 Trail-Cruiser travel trailer may help in tracking it down. Steinbach, Manitoba, Canadian Mounties say the 19′ rig vanished during the night of May 8 to 9 from a property in Steinbach. The rig had a Manitoba plate, C715B, but, of course, that could be changed out. The entry assist handle near the door is missing from this rig, and the awning has a large tear in it. The rig’s serial number is 4WYT02E276120616. Know something about this one? Call the Mounties at 204-326-4452, or call CrimeStoppers at 800-222-8477. POSTED May 23, 2021

A couple of brazen crooks clobbered a Peterborough, Ontario, RV dealership Wednesday morning, May 12. At 5:21 a.m., the team in a black 2000-something Dodge Heavy Duty Mega Cab rolled into Del Mastro RV. They then turned on a cab-mounted amber flashing light and hopped out, wearing official-looking reflective vests. Within six minutes they’d hitched up to a 40-foot 2021 Keystone Residence travel trailer and rolled off down the road. Information suggests they started their morning with a healthy breakfast at McDonald’s or Tim Hortons, near the dealership. Last seen, the combo was headed east on Lansdowne in the direction of Norwood. Got info? Call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). POSTED May 16, 2021


Here’s another “missing from storage yard” entry. Taken sometime in March from the Arminio Storage Place on Ohio Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas. It’s a 2018 Heartland Pioneer travel trailer with double entry doors. Texas plate at time of theft B285181, and a Camping World San Antonio sticker on the left rear of the rig. Equipped with a carry rack on rear bumper. Know something? Phone the Fort Worth, Texas, police at 817-392-4200, and refer to file number 2100030110. POSTED MAY 9, 2021


A $1,000 cash reward is being offered for info that can point the finger to a crook in Crowley, Louisiana. Sometime in the night of April 4, bad guys got onto what appears to be an RV dealer lot in the 6000 block of Egan Highway, vanishing with a 2016 Heartland North Trail Ultra Lite travel trailer. The tan body has black and maroon accents. If you know something, dial up the tips line at 377-780-TIPS. POSTED APRIL 25, 2021


Here’s a chance to help the RVtravel.com “family.” Reader Clare Curcio sent a heart-tugging request. Clare and the family have had three RVs and love the lifestyle. When Clare recently went to put supplies in their brand-new 2020 Dutchmen Astoria fifth-wheel at a storage yard in Juliet, Tennessee, you guessed it – some rotten creep or creeps had vamoosed with the rig. Police have security cam photos, but they won’t show the family the images, only saying the bad guy was wearing a mask and is short. But he also came equipped with useful information – the entry code to the facility. He used it both to get in, and get out. The Dutchmen is a 2993RLF model, with three slides. Keep your eyes open and let us know if you spot this missing rig! POSTED APRIL 18, 2021


This brand-new 2021 Salem Grand Villa 42DL was stolen March 17 from a campground in Marblehead, Ohio. If you have information about it, please call the Danbury Township Police Department at (419) 732-2549. POSTED APRIL 11, 2021


The Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Police Department is asking for help in locating this truck and fifth wheel. They were stolen from the parking lot of the Pines Mall while the owner was in a hotel. The theft occurred during the evening of April 1, 2021. The truck is a white 1999 Dodge 3500, license plate 839KEC. The RV is a 2021 Dutchman Astoria. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090. POSTED APRIL 11, 2021


Stolen April 1 – but no April Fool’s joke. A brand-new Astoria fifth wheel, and its mated Dodge Ram 3500 dually. Ripped off the parking lot of a Holiday Inn in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the trailer has “temp” tags, while the truck is plated with Kansas tags. Pine Bluff police: (870) 541-5300. POSTED APRIL 4, 2021


Another storage lot steal: This one from Chapin, South Carolina, Interstate 26 at exit 97, went missing March 24. This 2020 Forest River Legend travel trailer bears South Carolina tag 51631KT. And in case the plate’s missing, the last four numbers of the rig’s VIN are 7492. Know something? Chapin police, phone (803) 345-6443. POSTED APRIL 4, 2021


Somebody with plans for a big restoration got them dashed in a hurry. This 1968 Aristocrat travel trailer was no more purchased and towed a few miles when the bad guys moved on it. The buyer bought the “project trailer” on March 11. The rig was towed from Petaluma down to California 37 near the Sonoma Raceway where a wheel came off. The owner parked it beside the highway and, on return, found the trailer had vanished. Know something? Contact the California Highway Patrol at (707) 253-4906. POSTED MARCH 27, 2021


Last week we crowed about no reports of stolen RVs. Now the crooks have to make up for it with a real dirty. Friday, March 12, in Denver, Colorado, an older man was seen running down the street. He was chasing after his pickup truck and travel trailer. Some nasty person grabbed his combination where it was parked at the plaza on the corner of Cornell and Parker. The suspect whipped out of the lot, and headed northwest of Parker, then went north on Havana. A frustrated bystander attempted to help the older fellow, immediately calling police, but reporting they still had not responded after an hour’s wait. The RV was the victim’s home, and with it went all of his possessions and his 10-year-old companion, a black chihuahua with accents of grey, going by the name of Waldo. Also missing, the man’s oxygen bottles. Here’s a really tough situation, and if you’re in the Denver area maybe you can help. The truck is a mid-2000s GMC Sierra, white in color with black shell. The trailer is a white Coachman Apex travel trailer, Colorado plate ABX664. Call the Denver Police at 720-913-1311. Let’s round up this creep.


With a fuzzy photo and not much to go on, here’s your chance for a cash reward. DeSoto Parrish, Louisiana, was the scene of a stolen 2013 Rushmore fifth wheel. It was taken on March 5th from the Highway 171 Stonewall area. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward if you can provide tips that lead to a recovery. Call 318-872-3956. Or you can leave anonymous tips at www.P3Tips.com.


Thieves in Smelterville, Idaho, got a two-for-one at a storage yard around February 18. Two travel trailers, a new Keystone Hideout and a 2003 Forest River Sierra, were taken from the S&S Storage Lot. Crooks first ground the lock off the storage yard’s front gate, but may have left a cell phone and receipt that were found at the scene of the crime. The storage company is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can provide leads that will help recover the rigs. Got information? Call the Shoshone County Sheriff’s office and ask for Deputy Ferraro at 208-556-1114.


Stolen from a Camping World lot in Coburg, Oregon. It’s a 2020 Heartland Fuel 265 toy hauler. Owner says it was dropped off at the dealer last week, and they just got a call from CW, announcing that the rig wasn’t there. Oregon license plate R960242. Distinctive feature? It was equipped with a Trump bumper sticker. Contact Coburg, Oregon, police at 541-682-4150.


Found on Facebook, from Kylene Bjerke: “We had to drop our camper on the side of Highway 71 on Sunday on our way back from our vacation just east of Bastrop, Texas. We couldn’t safely go any farther with the ice storm. Today (Friday, Feb. 19) was the first day we felt the roads would be safe enough to go check on it and hopefully pick it up. But it was gone. The broken lock was thrown in the grass where we left the trailer. We’ve contacted county and city Sheriffs, TXDot, all the recommended tow companies working that area, etc. Anyone with a connection to the camping world in Texas, please share this post. The Texas tag number is 5ZB 615.”


A heartbroken vintage trailer owner hopes you can hope. Stolen from Sacramento, California, on February 6, this 1965 Aristocrat vanished, taking along with it an ocean of happy memories. If you have information that might help, phone the owner at 916-870-0836.


This 2020 Cherokee Black Label Travel Trailer was stolen from a storage facility in Travelers Rest, SC, sometime between January 27 and February 2, 2021. The trailer has South Carolina plates that say “Camper” across the top with the numbers 49898 KT below.


We’ll let the owner of this stolen travel trailer speak his own mind about this one: “Some low life thinks it’s ok to steal someone else’s camper out of the driveway like it’s no big deal. To the thief that thinks they’ve gotten away with it, ‘KARMA IS A BITCH.’ You’ll never be able to enjoy or rest easy in this camper. You will be caught or haunted. To all my happy campers out there… Be on the look out for my EXPERIMENTAL. It was stolen from the 31st and K-15 area of South Wichita, KS. I appreciate everyone on the lookout. The camper network is strong. Love you all.” Know something? Give the Wichita Police a call at 316-268-4111, just in case the owner’s curse doesn’t work.


Another storage facility ripoff victim. This time from Palatka, Florida, sometime during the weekend of January 16 to 17. This 2019 Coleman travel trailer is an 18-footer. It was bearing a Florida plate, LGCF42, and had a silver “Camping World St. Augustine” sticker immediately above the license plate. Know something? Call the Putnam County, Florida sheriff’s office at 386-329-6000, or drop an e-mail to a heartbroken owner, cherjljj@aol.com.


Here’s a photo of a 2019 Forest River SF 2290 Class C unit. Taken earlier this month in Banning, California, the rig had Florida license plates, and a Camping World of Tallahassee decal. If you can help, Banning Police should be called, 951-922-3170.


This rig was stolen at an RV dealership in Little Falls, Minnesota. The 35′ tan and brown 2018 Rockwood travel trailer had a Minnesota plate RW25718. The rig was stolen from Hillmerson RV Marine Superstore on January 3, 2021, and was last spotted east of Little Falls on Highway 27, headed in the direction of Pierz, pulled by a dark-colored four-door Chevrolet truck. Know something? Call the sheriff at 320-632-9233.


Crooks have struck yet another “secure” storage facility, leaving a heartbroken family. This 2017 Keystone Outback (model 325BH) was ripped off from a storage facility in Simpsonville, South Carolina, most likely in the dark hours of January 2. While it looks like a lot of other Outbacks, it also bears “General RV” promotional decals on the rear and next to the entry door. Call the Greenville County Sheriff to share tips, 864-271-5210.


All these vehicles were stolen New Year’s Eve from a home in Rancho Cucamonga, California. License tags: Truck/camper 7B89389. Trailer 4TG7737. “They took everything!! Please keep an eye out,” the owners pleaded. If found, contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department.


Nichole Warick says she’s feeling broken. And no wonder – a crook stole the family’s 2017 Sandstorm toy-hauler travel trailer. The 28-footer vanished from StaxUP Storage in Homeland, California, and was posted on December 24, 2020. If you see it or know something, call Nichole at (951) 310-5363.


This 1999 Coleman Santee tent trailer was stolen from its driveway on Christmas Day on the south side of Indianapolis near Thompson and Arlington. A unique feature on the inside is the ticket stubs kitchen table the owners made. The colorful letters on the back right read “Happiness Jones.” If you know its whereabouts, call the Indianapolis police.


This 2017 34 Jay Flight RSBS was stolen from U-Haul in League City, Texas, between October 29 and December 5. The Jayco RV has an “In God We Trust” sticker on the back window. The black tank has a lot of spray foam on it. The right rear leveler is bent. There is white caulk on front cap and side. If you know where it is, call the League City PD.


This trailer was stolen recently in Willis, Texas. The license plate is B350362. Call the Willis PD if you’ve seen it.


This Jayco Eagle was stolen Christmas Day in Burkeville, Texas, from County Road 2132, just off of Farm to Market Road 692. The trailer is light tan with gray trim. The Newton County Sheriff’s Department is looking information that might lead to its recovery.


FOUND! Read an update in News for RVers on December 20. Here’s an older rig, stolen with a nasty backstory. An older woman with health problems out of the Sebastopol, California, bought this 28-footer earlier this year to put friends up when they come to help her with her chores. In the early morning of December 6, she noticed someone had driven up onto her property and were attempting to hitch up to the trailer. When she approached the man, he shoved her to the ground. Another person attempted to close the gate to prevent the desperado from exiting, and he simply rammed the gate. This nasty guy needs a roundup. Call the Rohnert Park, California, Highway Patrol if you know anything. (707) 588-1400.


Another RV stolen from an RV storage yard. This 2017 Jayco 34 RSBS was ripped off from a U-Haul storage center in League City, Texas. “MoneyPenney” should be easy to differentiate from other sister units. She’s got a Jayco RV club sticker on the front window side of door, and an In God We Trust sticker on the rear window. Stickers can be removed, but it’s a lot harder to fix the bent rear leveler leg, and the black water tank has a lot of spray foam coating. Check out white caulk on the front cap and side. Call the League City Police Department at (281) 332-2566.


Another “stolen from the dealership” heartbreaker. This 2017 Keystone Raptor 21ck toy hauler bearing an Indiana license plate R801AZ vanished from a Peru, Indiana, dealership. Sure enough, nobody at the dealership noticed it missing until the owners came to see how the job was coming. With that in mind, the “estimated” date of theft was November 21. Thieves not only cobbed the camper, they also took a 2018 golf cart parked in the rig’s “garage.” Call the Peru, Indiana, police if you have a lead. 765-473-5522.


This 2018 Forest River Vibe 287QBS was stolen on Oct. 30 from Evansville, Indiana Public Storage. The tag is R384FD. The storage facility had no video surveillance. If you have information, please contact the Evansville police department.


A young family who had just bought their first home got a rude welcome to the San Pedro, California, community. Tim and Ana Matson had just moved into their new home November 10, and headed off to bed. At about 5:00 in the morning, Tim heard a noise from outside and when he got to the window, watched his travel trailer going down the road – with most of their belongings inside. The white Pioneer travel trailer had a California plate, 1LT3669. Sadly, the rig was not insured. Got any information that might help? Contact the San Pedro police, Harbor Station, at 310-726-7700.


This 2016 Forest River Vibe Model # 272BHS was stolen from a fenced in storage in Springfield, MO, on November 15 at 3 p.m. It had no tags. We have no other information at this moment. If you think you have seen it, contact the Springfield, Missouri Police Department.


From Cape Disappointment to big disappointment. A Vancouver, Washington, family who’s been fixing up a vintage travel trailer has seen their trip plans to Cape Disappointment dashed — someone ripped off their work-in-progress. The 1972 Timberline, dual-axle travel trailer vanished in the night of Monday/Tuesday from their Vancouver Heights driveway. It should be an easy to distinguish rig: White with a thick green stripe; hitch painted in a rust-colored primer. The rear-passenger side sports a basketball-sized dent in the metal. The tail lights are square, aftermarket tail lights, with wires hanging down from them. The trim pieces on both sides near the front end are missing. And like every good “getting there” restoration project, there is black Gorilla Tape holding things together. Know something? Contact Lt. Kathy McNicholas at (360) 487-7400.


Here’s a cold-case file: Four years ago someone swiped this twin axle Travelux trailer. The theft was from Toronto, Canada, so by now this rig could be anywhere. But MAVIS is a very unusual restoration, with the inside quite a bit different than one might expect. There’s a $3,500 reward being offered by its owners. If you spot it or know anything that might help, phone the RetroRVDudes at 416-804-7049.


If it isn’t hard enough on medical frontliners fighting COVID-19, now comes another stumbling block for some in Rochester, Michigan. The Rochester Medical Group was operating a COVID test center in their parking lot. That is, until a couple of rotters in a dark-colored Ford F-150 rolled into the lot early in the morning of November 2. The truck, equipped with a sunroof, was quickly hitched up to the travel trailer the medical group used to help with their testing program. It contained 500 COVID-19 testing swabs, boxes of PPE, and propane tanks and heaters that staff members used to stay warm. Repeated requests to the medical group for a better description of the stolen RV went unanswered – but if you know anything, call either the Rochester Police Department at (248) 651-9621 or Rochester Medical Group at 248-844-6000.


The White Hall, Arkansas, police would like your help watching out for a stolen CrossRoads Zinger travel trailer. This 30′ rig has an electric awning. Details are slim, but if you see it or know something, call the police at 870-274-1414.

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Doug
20 days ago

I feel for all those that have had their privacy invaded by dirt bags. Also I like the GPS tracker idea perhaps a LOJAC device as they work on 12vt. Also I was thinking about the idea of painting the license number on the roof. Doubt the dirt bags have the stamina to climb on a roof and it makes a nice billboard from the air. NEED response from a LEO and someone from the companies that make TPO and EDPM roof material to respond.

Jane
3 months ago

The Denver stolen truck, trailer and little dog was so disturbing that I checked local news reports and found that Waldo the little dog and the trailer were recovered in nearby Wheatridge, CO.

Travis
2 months ago
Reply to  Jane

Thanks for posting the update. Glad they found it!

Eunice
4 months ago

The 2019 Sunseeker was recovered by CHP. It was found burnt out in Desert Hot Springs , CA.

Stan Hughes
4 months ago

What’s the possibility of placing a GPS finder of some sort inside an RV where it’s not likely found, like some cars have? It would then be easy to track the stolen RV. 

Eric
2 months ago
Reply to  Stan Hughes

When I insured my new 5th Wheel, my Insurance Company requested that I install a Tracking device. They recommended a commercial tracking device, which was installed in less than 45 mins. The “bonus” for installing the device was a healthy annual premium reduction that exceeded the cost of installing the tracking device. I also installed the tracking device on my F-350 pickup.
I recommend that you speak with your insurance agent regarding the benefits of installing a tracking device.

Locked out Joe
4 months ago

Great idea.  Maybe if you could figure out a way to put a database in to speed things up.  Next, post this every 4 weeks or so.

Malcolm Belisle
4 months ago

Opportunistic thieves broke into enclosed RV storage buildings during the winter storm in Texas. At the time of entry, the roads were closed due to icing and there were rolling electrical blackouts which defeated the security camera system. Several other storage buildings nearby and an Ace Hardware were burglarized the same night. Fortunately, the thieves were looking for camping gear only (not the RV, as roads were difficult) and I only lost $2500 in gear and supplies. Lake Travis area of central Texas.

Leo Regnes
5 months ago

Adding a date to each stolen RV listed would enable readers to skip to the latest ones, rather than the need to read every one each week.

Donald N Wright
5 months ago

Trouble is, most of the RV’s pictured look just like thousands of other RV’s. Same color, same shape.

Frank
6 months ago

If any are found or recovered could we have a report on those just to have a good feeling that its not all bad.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
6 months ago
Reply to  Frank

Thanks, Frank. There’s a report in today’s newsletter about a lost RV that was found. The owner reached out to us, otherwise we wouldn’t have known about it. It would be very time-consuming to try to track down the status of the stolen RVs that we report, unfortunately. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Kathleen C
6 months ago

Call me naive or whatever but how do they register a stolen trailer?

Ron T.
4 months ago
Reply to  Kathleen C

Easy, steal a valid plate from another trailer.

Gary Stone
2 months ago
Reply to  Kathleen C

Most of the time they don’t bother. Thieves take the RVs out to the country and use them as meth labs. Or they’re parked in downtown homeless areas, spray painted and used as shelters for vagrants.

Ron J. Moore
6 months ago

And these are only the ones covered here….wonder how many across the country. Is it true that that little metal tag on the rear is the only true identifier?

Stan P.
7 months ago

Don’t talk about fat people like that! How rude Brian

h goff
3 months ago
Reply to  Stan P.

i think he stated a fact, not an opinion.

Ed Nopp
7 months ago

A few comments as to what security measures were in place on the rig might be appropriate. That could be used as a learning tool.

Brian Holmes
7 months ago
Reply to  Ed Nopp

Like fat people are hard to kidnap my 16,000 lb fifth wheel would be to so I’m not to worried. Security measures are out there but most people just don’t consider them, and we all know the 4 inch angle grinder can defeat any of them.

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