A Kelowna family was left stranded and reeling after their truck was stolen with a year’s full of moose meat in the cargo area. Submitted photo

UPDATE: Thanksgiving miracle for B.C. family who had 1,300 pounds of moose meat stolen

Kelowna family was left stranded and reeling after their truck was stolen full of moose meat

UPDATE: Oct. 9

Tashia Thompson is calling it a “Thanksgiving miracle.”

Just 15 minutes away from arriving to their home in Kelowna on Monday after having their truck with 1,300 pounds of moose meat stolen from their hotel parking lot in Hinton, Alta. they received a phone call.

“From Gill, hero Gill from Edson,” said Thompson. “He was out hunting and saw a truck stuck in the muskeg and checked it out. It was full of meat and thought it was weird. He called the number on the logos on the side of the truck and told us he found our truck and a bunch of boxes with meat in the back.”

So far, Thompson believes the thieves only made away with the truck canopy, they are unsure if any other belongings that were in the truck were also stolen. With the cold temperatures of where their truck was found, Thompson said the meat was just softening and she hopes it can all be saved. Her husband plans on leaving tomorrow to go recover everything.

“Oh my god it is just fricking amazing,” she said. “Gill said he lives 10 minutes away from where the truck was found and offered to also take the meat to his freezer for us to store it until we get there.”

Thompson said video surveillance at the hotel where they were staying at showed a person walking up to their Ford F350 truck at 6:25 a.m. on Sunday with a screwdriver and popping the lock then taking off with their vehicle. Her iPad, which was in her briefcase inside the truck, was tracked and recovered later that day by RCMP.

“My guess is they have stolen electronics before and maybe got burned by the track your iPhone thing and tossed it,” said Thompson.

The truck, she believes, was found on the other side of the highway farther north. Thompson said she hopes the RCMP can lift fingerprints from the iPad or truck to lead to an arrest.

Thanks to “hero Gill,” her faith in people has now been restored.

“You know I was really doubting karma, I didn’t like her anymore. Now I am definitely back on the karma train. This is just so amazing. I am so happy.”

——————-

It will be a Thanksgiving they will remember, but not for good reason.

A Kelowna family was left stranded and reeling after their truck was stolen with a year’s full of moose meat in the cargo area.

Tashia Thompson was in Pouce Coup, B.C. picking up 1,300 pounds of moose meat for her family and two others, when their truck was stolen overnight where they were staying at the Best Western Express in Hinton, Alta.

The packaged moose meat was in boxes in the bed of the truck that had a canopy on it.

“We are a family of seven, family of five and a family of four. This was the fruits of the annual northern hunt. We can replace the truck but may not be able to replace the food. It not found by tomorrow it will start thaw and rot and waste. It is super sad,” said Thompson.

The family also was left without a ride home. The area they are in does not have any vehicles for rent and now have to face a 13 hour bus trip home.

“It would be a miracle if it is found,” said Thompson of their truck and the meat.

She believes the moose meat is worth up to $16,000, but added it is hard to say because you cannot sell wild game in Canada.

“We don’t have to buy meat as we hunt, so this saves my family about $4,000 per year.”

The stolen truck is burgundy Ford F350 with Valley Lift Truck logo on both sides of the back passenger windows and a canopy. The licence plate number is KN5672. If seen please report to your local RCMP detachment.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: fire destroys Pitt Meadows outbuilding

Three RVs are write-offs following Saturday night blaze

B.C. families financially affected by pandemic eligible for grocery gift cards

Program open to struggling families in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley communities

‘Each step is a prayer’: Ojibwe man will walk from Hope to Vancouver Island for Indigenous healing, reconciliation

James Taylor departs Sept. 20, returns to Saanich in five days for sacred fire

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 20 to 26

Rabbit Day, Hobbit Day and One-Hit Wonder Day are all coming up this week

SHARE: Pre-smoke the sunset illuminated the skies in Pitt Meadows

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon

B.C. or Ontario? Residential school survivors fight move of court battle

It’s now up to Ontario’s Court of Appeal to sort out the venue question

B.C. transportation minister will not seek re-election

Claire Trevena has held the position since 2017

Young B.C. cancer survivor rides 105-km with Terry Fox’s brother

Jacob Bredenhof and Darrell Fox’s cycling trek raises almost $90,000 for cancer research

VIDEO: Shots fired outside Langley gas station that was scene of 2018 homicide

No reports of injuries in Saturday evening incident

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Most Read