FORNEY (CBS 11 NEWS) – It was the last thing a Forney Airman expected after he was deployed overseas. Someone, who knew he was gone, stole something valuable to him. The Airman’s family is asking for its return.
Chad Ragland of Forney loves his wife and his kids. Then, there’s his pickup truck.
“It’s like Chad’s grandfather says. A truck is an important thing to a man,” Spring Ragland said.
Spring says her husband left his tan 2002 Ford 350 in their driveway when he was deployed overseas. There wasn’t one problem with it until last Tuesday.
Spring was about to pull her SUV out of the garage when she noticed her husband’s pickup was gone.
“My first instinct to be really honest was, ‘Oh, Chad’s got the truck,” she said.
Then, she realized, somebody had stolen it.
“It was really sad having to call him and say, ‘It’s gone,'” she said.
Gone too was sense of security Spring had as the wife of a member of the military.
“I had a sign out that says come home safe. I wanted to honor him with that,” she said.
But the thief probably took it as a sign the Airman wasn’t home.
“Bad things happen to people all the time. I understand that. I just wished it wasn’t us,” she said.
The Raglands only buy what they can afford. They paid 17-thousand dollars cash for the truck.
Now, there’s the 500-deductible and other out of pocket costs. Spring Ragland says she is not asking for anything, just that her husband comes home to her, the kids and his truck.
“Honestly. I just want the truck back. That’s all I want.”
Forney police are investigating the vehicle theft.
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