A Wichita, Kan.-based roofing contractor sought the assistance of its community after thieves stole one of its employee's trucks in broad daylight.
As reported by CBS-affiliated KWCH-DT, Rhoden Roofing was completing chimney and roof repairs at a jobsite on Feb. 15 when someone stole the employee's truck. Video captured by the homeowner shows someone getting into the vehicle and driving away around 10 a.m.
The truck contained tools and materials for projects. The brown 2002 Ford F-250 truck includes a ladder rack.
“It’s really disheartening because people work really hard for what they have," Rhoden Roofing Owner John Rhoden told KWCH-DT. "Whether they amass tools over a certain amount of time, or their truck, they have pride in these things. To get robbed of so much, it’s really saddening. That’s kind of where we’re at.”
Rhoden Roofing reached out to the community via social media for assistance. Rhoden said he wanted to help his employee find his truck, tools and equipment.
“He’s honest, he always gets the job done,” Rhoden said of his employee. “All the core values that we have here, we looked at him as a model when we did that. When something bad happens to a really good person, it kind of stings a little bit more.”
On Feb. 18, Rhoden Roofing posted an update on social media. According to the post, the truck was recovered, though it has been stripped and none of the tools were present.
"It was indeed a community member who called it in - here's to Wichita watching out for each other," the company said on Facebook.