WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — A camper with special meaning to a local family is stolen and police hope that surveillance video will help them track down the person who took it.
A surveillance camera captures what appears to be a silver or white Dodge 1500 Crew Cab pickup truck pull into the parking lot of McDonald Equipment Company in Willoughby at 4:19 a.m. Saturday. Four minutes later, the truck leaves…with Steve Crone’s Jayco Quest travel trailer hitched to the back.
“When I pulled in the lot, it wasn’t there,” said Crone.
Saturday afternoon, Crone went to retrieve some items from the camper and discovered it was gone. He says it was parked outside of the fenced-in area.
“I went and checked through the lot a couple times and they helped me and it wasn’t in the secure lot either, so that’s when I figured it was taken,” Crone said.
Crone and his wife, who live in Eastlake, have five children from 4 to 16, and they love to go camping.
“Really upset, crying and all that,” said his daughter Brittany Stevenson, 16.
“She loves to go on road trips and stuff like that, she lights up when she gets to do things like that and it means alot to her to just be able to get out and do that, and with everything that’s gone on with her, you know, we figured it would be good for her,” Crone said.
Crone says the camper was especially therapeutic for Brittany, who was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma last fall.
“She almost died one time because of an allergic reaction to her chemo drugs…she had her last chemo treatment right before Christmas and they said she was in remission after that, so we got the camper shortly after that,” Crone said.
“We have good times and we took it down to Florida with us for Make-a-Wish,” said Stevenson.
The family took the camper on a trip to Florida where Brittany got a chance to attend Wrestlemania and meet wrestler John Cena.
“We just want to get it back,” Crone said.
Anyone with information about the camper is asked to call the Willoughby Police Department.