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Stolen Truck Holds Up Business

Reported: Jan. 8, 2014 11:48 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 9, 2014 9:51 AM EST
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ST. ALBANS (Katy Brown) -- This was an attack on a man's livelihood.

A plumbing company is unable to work after someone stole one of its trucks. On Wednesday, Plum-Rite Services in St. Albans had to turn away about 15 jobs.

"That was our biggest truck. The one that's used the most, said Travis Smith, the owner. "The one that makes us the most money."

Smith and his coworkers realized the truck was missing early Wednesday morning.

Luckily, the company trucks are GPS tracked. This meant Smith was able to see everywhere the truck stopped. It was on a back road in St. Albans where Smith found his truck.

"Took my truck up there," said Smith. "[They] wrecked it at the end of the path there. And torched it."

A truck full of thousands of dollars of tools burned to the ground.

When asked about his emotions going through his head when he saw the charred truck, Smith responded: "You ever see a grown man cry? It's rough."

For many employees, this job is the check that feeds the family. Stacy Pack's husband works for Plum-Rite.

"It's hard because that's how we makes his money," said Pack. "We have four kids that we have to take care of and that's how we do it."

And while Plum-Rite continues todo what they can with what they have, Smith plans to fight to find the person or persons responsible.

"I won't let up," said Smith. "I won't let up until justice is served."

West Virginia state police are investigating this incident. If you have any information you're asked to call police.



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