A father and daughter moving from Saskatoon to Victoria to start a new life on the West Coast are reeling from a serious setback.
A U-Haul truck and trailer containing virtually all their possessions was stolen sometime Tuesday night (Dec. 29) off the street near where they were staying near 34 Avenue and Rosemary Heights Drive in South Surrey.
Michael Suiker said he parked the 34-foot U-Haul truck and 18-foot trailer “about half a block away in front of a strip mall” at about 12:15 a.m. after completing a long leg of the journey from Calgary.
The vehicles were gone the next morning, when he and his daughter, Meghan, were going to head for the ferry to Swartz Bay, Suiker said.
Gone with them were furniture, mementos and household items belonging to him and Meghan, who is due to graduate Grade 12 in the spring.
“It’s her whole life and my whole life, too,” he said, adding that among the missing items are his green ATV.
The retired Saskatoon transit worker, long divorced from Meghan’s mother, said he and his daughter had planned to set up house in Victoria, but everything is on hold while they wait to see if there is news of the stolen vehicles.
Plans are for Meghan to return to Saskatoon to finish Grade 12 and then move permanently to Victoria once she has graduated, he said.
“I grew up on the North Shore and I have friends and family in the Lower Mainland and on the island,” he said. “Meghan has spent her whole life in Saskatoon.”
An RCMP spokeperson said police are searching for the vehicles but have been hampered by the fact that they were parked out of range of the strip mall’s security cameras when taken.
The U-Haul truck has an Arizona license plate, AD56641, and the trailer’s plate number is 975-ITN.
Anyone with information on the vehicles’ whereabouts is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.