Moving truck of slain teen's family burglarized on way to Tri-Cities

Tri-City Herald staff writerSeptember 1, 2013 

— A truck and trailer packed with the belongings of Joshua Snapp's family was burglarized in Seattle this weekend as they were preparing to move to West Richland.

Aimee Snapp-Reutercrona and her husband, David Reutercrona, said they awoke Saturday morning to find their truck's sliding window had been popped out and a lock broken off a door of the attached trailer.

The stolen goods are worth more than $5,000 and include power tools and new motorcycle gear.

Snapp, 17, was fatally shot July 4 off a remote road in Richland.

His mother, stepfather and younger brother and sister decided to move to the Tri-Cities to be "closer to Joshua's final resting place and all those who loved him so much."

Reutercrona said they loaded up the truck and trailer Friday and parked them at an apartment complex on Lake Union next to several other trucks and trailers.

He said they filed a report with the Seattle Police Department, and it appeared no other vehicles were burglarized.

"As if we needed more bad news," Reutercrona told the Herald. "We're fortunate that we didn't lose everything, but what's unfortunate is the stuff that we lost is what's most important for me to get working again."

They closed their business -- Reclaimed in the U.S.A., building bar stools out of wine barrels -- after Snapp's death.

He alerted Seattle area pawn shops to be on the lookout for the stolen property.

The family has an online account -- gofundme.com/JoshuaSnapp -- for donations to help with the relocation and other expenses.

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