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Social media shares lead to discovery of stolen work truck in Kennewick

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Officers tell us the best way to prevent yourself from falling victim to thieves is keeping your property locked up and keeping valuables out of the car. If you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call police. Officers tell us the best way to prevent yourself from falling victim to thieves is keeping your property locked up and keeping valuables out of the car. If you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call police.

KENNEWICK, WA- One local couple is thanking the power of social media as their work and pieces of their lives were taken from them overnight on Tuesday.

"Why would you take all of our lives? Why would you take our livelihood? There's numbers on the side of the car, it is a work truck. Our family relies upon this for our food and our home. What made you think that it was okay to take our lives from us," Eve Wiberg Cronin told NBC Right Now.

The Kennewick Police Department posted a picture of the stolen Cronin Transport truck on their Facebook page, and within just 24 hours and hundreds of shares later, someone spotted it. 

Eve Cronin and her husband started the business just a year ago, taking lumber and other resources to jobs all over the west coast. Now, a thief has them starting almost from day one, "They spray painted over the cab lights on top, they scraped all our lettering off both sides. There's some pretty deep gouges there and they painted over our DOT numbers and MC numbers. They pulled the dash out inside. He had a bed set up in here in the back for sleeping in when he is on the road. They pulled that out," Cronin showed us.

Although the truck may be back with its rightful owner, the recovery is just beginning, "We have to figure out a way to get the deductible and keep paying our rent and our truck payment. We don't know what we are going to do," Cronin explained.

Officers tell us the best way to prevent yourself from falling victim to thieves is keeping your property locked up and keeping valuables out of the car. If you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call police.

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