Sick woman robbed by moving company
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A sick South Florida woman experienced a truckload of trouble while making a major move out of state.
The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, wants to spend the rest of her days with family in Oklahoma. But she's off to a heartbreaking start. It's a case of a moving mess turning this Coral Springs woman's world upside down. "I contacted the moving company. They were very shocked. There were a lot of emotions," she said.
She has stage IV breast cancer and plans to move out of state to spend her remaining time with family.
She says she paid a moving company $3,000 to pack up her belongings and move her to Oklahoma City.
The mover loaded up her things and drove away. He was supposed to pick up the homeowner's piano Tuesday morning but never arrived. He hit the road but never made it to Oklahoma. In fact, he never went further than West Palm Beach.
Tuesday morning, an alert neighbor called police after spotting the moving truck. "And sometime during the course of that move, the van ended up over here on Fifth Street where somebody tried to sell the contents of that van," said a police officer.
Police said a man played "Let's Make A Deal" with the several people in this apartment. "He was successful in selling all the furniture in the back for a hundred dollars."
The man disappeared. Police recovered a living room set, a dresser, kitchen table, night stand, a treadmill and luggage. "We're trying to get a photograph of the driver from the owner of the business. We'll show that to the lady who thought she bought the furniture to see if in fact it's the same person that's selling that furniture," said the police officer.
The moving company told detectives that the mover was a sub-contractor and this has never happened before. The victim says she just wants her furniture back and this big mess to go away. "I don't want to wish anything bad on someone," the victim said. "I just hope that they get restitution. I hope it doesn't happen to anyone else."
If you can help police crack the crime, call Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.
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