A veteran in the middle of a cross-country move hit a major detour at a stop in San Antonio on Sunday.
The Navy vet and his daughter were on their way to a new life when thieves took everything they owned. It was all packed up in a U-Haul truck that was parked at the Four Points By Sheraton on Jones Maltsberger Road near the airport.
Stephen Boland and his daughter, Rachel Boland, had already hit some bumps in the road on their move from California to Georgia with a few flat tires along the way, but it didn't prepare them for what happened Sunday night.
"We stopped here, decided to go out and get some dinner, came back and found out our truck with all our personal belongings had been taken away," Stephen said.
The 20-foot moving truck was jam packed with furniture, appliances, electronics, clothes and a lifetime of memories.
"You know, 80 year old photographs, that kind of thing, very little meaning to other people, but it's very valuable to me, it's priceless to me," Stephen said.
The Boland's thought they were leaving that truck with all their valuables inside in a pretty safe place. The hotel parking lot is well lit and it's right next to a very busy highway.
"This isn't some place where you'd normally think, OK let's steal a truck," Rachel said.
Rachel recently graduated from college and her diploma was in the truck with everything else she owned. But like her dad, she's most concerned about the personal items that are missing.
"The memories, his childhood, my childhood, things that we're carrying on, it's just all gone," Rachel said. "My grandmother's jewelry, some photographs that maybe I want to pass on to my kids one day, that hurts and I just feel violated."
San Antonio police did recover the stolen U-Haul truck Monday morning, but it was empty.
The good news is the thieves didn't take the trailer that was hauling the Boland's car. After a good night's rest, they plan to pack up what's left and drive the rest of the way to Atlanta, where Stephen will continue his job counseling veterans with PTSD at the VA Hospital.
Anyone with any information about the theft is asked to contact SAPD. You can also help the Boland's by clicking on this link.