Irvington man holding on to hope after box truck worth more than $10,000 is stolen

UPDATE: The truck was found, but it was ransacked and all of the tools were stolen.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Jody Niemantsverdriet is on the lookout for his box truck after he said it was stolen Saturday night. The truck was last seen in front of his home on the 200 block of South Audubon Road in Irvington. He said the truck and all the tools inside are worth more than $10,000.

“I locked it. I always do a perimeter check because we’ve had other stuff stolen here,” Jody said.

Jody’s wife Carmen Niemantsverdriet said the box truck was a huge investment.

“If you have it, can you bring it back? We need it. It means more than just the money the tools are worth,” Carmen said.

Jody invested a lot of money in the truck and  time. “I just got the idea of putting shelves in there, cubbies, an inverter in there so I can have power lights. It was beautiful,” Jody said.

The tools inside were how Jody made a living and took care of his family. A neighbor tells Jody he saw a man drive off in it. The neighbor mistakenly thought it was Jody.

“I wish it was just a tool that could be easily replaced. I really wish that’s all that they have taken from us, but they took a lot more,” Carmen said.

Jody looks at his truck being stolen as a setback, but isn’t going to get him down. “There’s hope, you know, and even my daughter’s name is Hope. Hope is a big thing. You need it, and I would want to tell him there’s hope other than where he is searching for it,” Jody said.

If you see the box truck, please call police. The truck had an Indiana license plate. The plate number is TK966MBF.

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