Moving family recovers box of newborn memories from stolen U-Haul

The Chandlers moved to Marysville from Mississippi this week, but on Monday, their first night in the new city, their U-Haul was stolen.

MARYSVILLE, Wash. – Thanksgiving in a hotel was not what the Chandlers expected for their first vacation in Marysville.

Sara Jane Chandler, sitting in a hotel room with her husband Gregory and their young children, said: “I would love to make us a family dinner.

It’s been a rough couple of days for the Chandlers arriving in Marysville on Monday after a seven-day drive from Mississippi. The Chandler family moved to Marysville because of Gregory’s job in the Navy but were expected to stay in an apartment rather than a hotel.

“It would be nice to have a kitchen, high chairs and a table,” says Chandler.

But on Monday, their first night in the new city, all was done.

“That night, around one o’clock in the morning, the U-Haul was stolen,” Chandler said. “Police say he did it in less than ten minutes.”

They plan to unload U-Haul at their new apartment the next day.

Chandler said police were able to find surveillance video of the stolen U-Haul, even though it was locked and parked near the hotel. The U-Haul was eventually recovered the next day thanks to a tip from someone on Facebook. They found the U-Haul abandoned on the road about 20 minutes from the hotel.

“What wasn’t stolen was pretty much destroyed, we’re just figuring it out one day,” Chandler said.

But there was a box, the Chandlers prayed they would find.

“It’s the box in which I keep their newborn memories,” says Chandler.

Although all of their major electronics and many other items were stolen and many of their belongings and items damaged, the box was benevolently intact.

“I pulled the mattress back and made sure the box was right on top,” says Chandler. “I opened it up and there was a little duck pajamas in my pocket along with a baby hat and bracelet and I just discovered that.”

Due to being on holiday, U-Haul is currently in custody until Monday. On Monday, they will travel further through U-Haul and try to buy new household items to move into their new apartment. They said that despite the setback, they are excited to start a new chapter of their lives in Marysville.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the Chandler family. Moving family recovers box of newborn memories from stolen U-Haul

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