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'The trucks gone with everything we own': Family in need of help after truck is stolen from hotel

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Posted at 9:27 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-31 00:40:59-04

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A Denver family looking for a fresh start must now search for a new way out of town.

"We’ve been here five years. We’ve been through a lot of hardships since we’ve been here," said Calvin Lucas.

Lucas, Kamika Madison and their twin 13-year-old daughters were preparing to move to Texas in a few days. Plans changed when their truck was stolen from the parking lot of the Drury Inn and Suites in Centennial, where they are staying.

"This, taking the truck with everything we own it kind of like shattered my heart," said Madison.

Their clothes, birth certificates, even their daughter's wheelchair were all in the truck.

"Whoever did this, I wish they would think about it and think about what we’re going through right now because we cannot afford much more," Madison told Denver7.

Jason Presley is the president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 31 who is chipping in to help the family.

"Once we heard the story I heard they’re actually trying to move out of state and they were stuck here with everything stolen, it’s got to be difficult."

The FOP gave a $500 cash donation and the generosity didn't end there. The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case and the family's story struck a cord with some of its deputies, including Deputy Riley Nolan, who gave the family a wheelchair he had laying around the house.

"That’s why I got into this kind of work. It makes me feel really good, it makes me happy about my choice of career," said Nolan.

"I’m still upset about not having my car but you guys brought joy to my heart," Madison said to the officers.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office also created a fund for the family. Click here to donate.