WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH)
Update Friday, June 15
A poorly-done paint job couldn't hide what it was. Friday, the truck stolen this week from the owner of a local roofing company was found.
Wednesday, a thief took the truck parked in front of the business owner's home in northeast Wichita.
Friday, we're told the truck was found at a detail shop at 13th and Grove and police arrested the man accused of stealing the truck.
We're told the tools were taken from the truck, the ladder racks were removed and it was painted over. The truck belongs to Lance Hoffine, owner of Shingle by Shingle Roofing and Siding.
Wednesday, June 13
No truck means no work for Lance Hoffine. He owns Shingle by Shingle Roofing and Siding.
"This is my peak time and I have jobs left and right and now. I'm just at a standstill and I don't know what to do," said Hoffine.
Hoffine says his 94 red Chevy truck was stolen from his home early Wednesday morning between 1:30 a.m. and 5 a.m.
It has everything he needs to run his roofing business. It was parked in front of his home near 29th and Rushwood.
The truck has a utility bed and a sign from his business on it.
"They probably got into it because it was unlocked, normally I park it in the driveway, but just by chance, I didn't."
Hoffine says he last saw the truck around 1:30 a.m. and came outside in the morning around 5:05 a.m. and it was gone.
"It's just more of a sentimental value than anything. I can get by without the tools, but the truck I just want it back, that's what I have left, memories."
Hoffine says the truck belonged to his dad, Homer, who died of cancer in 2011. He says his dad taught him about hard work, he owned a general contracting business. Some of his dad's old tools were also in the truck.
He filed a report with police and hopes someone might spot it.
"He would help anyone he could. That's where I get it from. I'm the same way, just too nice, trying to do what I can. I never expected this would happen with me because I never take anything from anyone," said Hoffine.
If you see the truck, call police.