Cruel Crime: War vet moving from military to civilian life … and everything gets stolen

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

FIFE, Wash. -- An American war veteran is desperate, after someone stole his moving truck from a motel in Fife -- and with it many of the things he values most.

"All my awards and stuff like that ... it's all gone," Jonathan Mann said Friday.

The veteran has his dog -- and he got his Jeep back. But that's about all.

After serving as a combat engineer in Afghanistan, Mann was excited to move from Joint Base Lewis-McChord back home to Springfield, Mo. He packed up his life into a moving truck and stayed overnight Tuesday at a Motel 6 in Fife.

When he came back out, the moving truck was gone.

"Everything I own -- clothes, furniture. I had a brand new king-size mattress I didn't even sleep on yet. That was in there."

And then there were the more personal items.

"Family heirlooms and photos, personal information, my tax information, files."

Mann said, "It sort of wrecks all my plans and everything. Like before the military, I was a mechanic and that was what I was going to do while I was finishing my school ... and now I don't have tools or anything to work on in my profession."

The thieves also took his Jeep that was on a trailer, but police found it down by the Port of Tacoma. The windows had been broken and everything inside was taken.

The thieves jammed a screwdriver into the ignition in an attempt to get in and try to start the vehicle, but they just screwed up the ignition to the point where Mann cannot even start it with his key.

He is a veteran trying to return to civilian life and he's become the victim of a cruel crime.

His father is now heading up from Missouri to take him home. There's a Go Fund Me page set up to help out this veteran. If you wish to go to it to donate, click here.

If you have any information on the location of the Penske truck, please contact the Tacoma Police Department 253-591-2022 or 253-798-4712. The license plate on the truck was: Indiana 2097574 and the truck ID is: USDOT 327574 GVW12300.

Here is the picture of the stolen truck:





Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


  • Kit

    NW crime has gotten so bad lately. Maybe rented trucks should not be left overnight in a motel parking lot. Or motels need armed guards at night. One can’t have packages delivered at home either.

    • wowjustwow

      or let their kids play outside alone, or leave their garage doors up, or leave mail in their mailboxes, or… goes on and on in the great liberal PNW.

  • wowjustwow

    Moral of the story…Don’t park a loaded rental truck in a motel parking lot ANYWHERE in the Seattle-Tacoma area. In an area where you can steal a car, take the cops on a 100 MPH ride down the freeway and end in a flaming end over ender with a criminal record and still just get a slap on the hand, no criminal is going to think twice about stealing a truck.

  • AndyBlue

    This reporter is so plastic you can’t take him seriously . and yet another American war veteran story with a donation page. Its a trend that won’t go away.

  • Larry

    This is just like that poor lady who was moving across country all the way up to Alaska to start a nursing career who had her truck stolen from a hotel parking lot in Everett. I also don’t believe her stuff was ever recovered either. And I think she also rented a Penske truck. You’d think that truck rental companies (U-Haul, Pekske, etc) would install GPS Locators so that in the event of theft they can be quickly traced. AND installed so as to make it they cannot be easily found / disabled / removed. And disconnecting the truck battery won’t do any good because the GPS Locator has a built in battery for just this reason. But no…. can’t do that…. it actually makes too much sense… and would probably cost the company too much $$$$ to install them in their nationwide fleet of trucks.

  • Darcey

    Hmm, some kind of defense (alarm, signal, etc) must be installed! A lot of stuff is being moved and letting it go that way is not a right decision! Wish you all the best, Man With Van Shepherds Bush Ltd.