DENVER — A couple moving from North Carolina to Denver had their moving truck stolen. With the help, in part, of social media, the truck has been found, but not without first taking a wild ride.
The day Zachariah Rogers and Cullen Hodges moved to Denver from Raleigh, their 26-foot Penske truck was stolen from a parking lot near the Denver International Airport with all of their belongings inside.
The family started posting on social media, which led to the truck being spotted.
UPDATE: Check out this exclusive video of the stolen Penske moving truck from yesterday. It was taken to an industrial area in Aurora where you can see a group of people going through it. The truck's renters got a tip about location, confronted the people.https://t.co/mnaFg9LfCc pic.twitter.com/39rVlxqjUK— James Dougherty (@DoughertyKMGH) June 2, 2021
The Aurora Police Department got involved, pursuing the stolen truck towing a car going the wrong way near I-225 and 6th Avenue. But Aurora Police Department officers eventually had to stop the pursuit because the driver would not pull over. Police said they believed the truck had crossed into numerous police jurisdictions and had been involved with multiple incidents.
HAPPENING NOW: Police are looking for a STOLEN Penske moving truck last seen driving the wrong way up an entrance to I225 off 6th Ave. Share and keep an eye out: pic.twitter.com/euoZ36SycP— Sloan Dickey Denver7 (@SloanDickey) June 1, 2021
Authorities confirmed the stolen Penske truck had been involved in a crash on I-270, and the Penske truck started on fire.
More exclusive video from the stolen Penske truck found on I270. The wheels caught fire. Victims say some of their belongings are missing but they are glad the chase is over. pic.twitter.com/EUvvHoUhqY— Sloan Dickey Denver7 (@SloanDickey) June 1, 2021
From there, the suspects inside of the stolen Penske truck stole a different car, authorities say. That vehicle then crashed at Alameda Avenue and Potomac Street, shutting down all of eastbound Alameda Avenue and one westbound lane for several hours.
UPDATE: Here is more exclusive video of a crash last night in Aurora involving an alleged Penske moving truck thief. After the truck lit on fire on I-270EB, the driver then crashed in a different vehicle at Potomac & Alameda while being chased by police.https://t.co/mnaFg9LfCc pic.twitter.com/QB2mwWs4pZ— James Dougherty (@DoughertyKMGH) June 2, 2021
The people inside were taken into custody.
A spokesperson for the Denver Police Department said Tuesday that officers arrested Timothy Sutton, 33, as the suspect in the incident. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation before being handed over to Commerce City police, the spokesperson said.
It's unclear if anyone was hurt in either of the crashes.
Rogers and Hodges say some of their items were stolen and there's quite a bit of damage to the items that were still inside the moving truck.
"There's a few things that are burned up in here. But for the most part, we get to move in tomorrow with a lot of our things," Rogers said. "I'm eternally grateful for everybody that played a part in this. I can't say thank you enough."
Rogers says social media played a major role in helping find the truck.
"It's done probably 99% of the work for us. Everyone's watching and everyone has such easy access to that," Rogers said. "We got a lot of tips. So we just kept searching and kept going."
The couple say they have lost some valuable items in the road fire and some other items were stolen. But, Rogers and Cullen will move into their new home Tuesday with most of their belongings and an unbelievable story about their first day in Colorado.
"It is definitely the most interesting day one of living somewhere in my entire life," Rogers said. "I'll never forget it."