Many workers dream for decades about how they will spend their glory days in retirement.
Jeff Sondrup and his wife planned to take their Class A motorhome on as many adventures as possible. They dreamed of seeing the country and experiencing breathtaking scenery.
However, those plans were thwarted when the couple awoke to experience every RV owner’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately for the adventurous couple, the nightmare only got worse as time went on. So what led the family to throw out an entire summer’s worth of travel plans?
Today, we’re going to look at this family’s unfortunate story and how you can protect yourself from becoming a victim yourself. Let’s get started!
Owners have their expensive mobile home stolen
Jeff Sondrup’s neighbor’s security system has captured footage of thieves making off with his beautiful Tiffin Class A motorhome. Sondrup believes the perpetrators have been in the area for some time.
The motorhome was parked in his garage, which was behind a large locked gate, and was equipped with a security system. One can only assume that the couple feels hurt and devastated.
Jeff told local station CBS News Colorado, “You work hard your whole life to buy something like this so you can travel and enjoy life, and people just take it away from you.”
The couple had just returned from Florida and were planning more adventures this summer. Although police arrested the man responsible and the couple got their RV back, they won’t be entering it again anytime soon.
Suspect arrested, but nightmare gets worse
During the search for the stolen mobile home, authorities received tips and the local news station picked up the story. There were several reports of sightings in the Lakewood, Colorado area.
However, the RV kept moving from one location to another. Fortunately, a week after its disappearance, authorities received a tip about the RV’s location from a local warehouse.
While the Sondrups were happy to get their RV back, it was trashed. Those responsible for the theft had done considerable damage. They also took more than $11,000 worth of stuff from inside, and the couple’s insurance covered only $5,000.
After finding used propane tanks and needles inside the RV, the couple conducted a home test for meth. While the initial test came back negative, the couple hired a professional service that disagreed with the initial test results.
Jeff explained, “They told us that anyone going into the mobile home would have to wear a protective suit.”
Given the condition of their RV, the Sondrups will not be able to travel in the RV anytime soon. The person who allegedly stole the motor home has an extensive criminal record and is charged with second-degree burglary and first-degree theft of motor vehicles.