A family's truck is stolen and police believe an escaped inmate took it to lead them on a chase. The victims are now adding up their losses while investigators continue to look for answers.
Investigators in Washington County, Virginia are working to trace the steps of 22-year-old Danny Deloach who they say escaped custody Wednesday outside of the county court house.
Police say citizens helped them capture Deloach Thursday afternoon along with a stolen truck. "Only moments after we received the call report about the stolen truck, moments later we get a call that he's been seen in the truck from a totally different person in a totally different part of the country, so it all came together," says Captain Byron Ashbrook with the Washington County, Virginia Sheriff’s Department.
Ashbrook says the truck was taken from a home off of Walden Road, about three miles from the courthouse in Abingdon.
The truck's owner shared her story saying, “We paid for the truck in February and put liability insurance on it and that doesn't cover this situation.”
The truck has about $16,000 worth of damage. Even though the car was parked in the victim's garage, her homeowners insurance won't cover it.
In addition to losing the truck the victim says there were several items stolen from her garage, including power tools, but she's hopeful some will be recovered. “I found a receipt from a pawn shop in my truck so a couple of items are down there and the police are going to recover those," the victim adds.
While police investigate the victims are still holding out hope a meaningful necklace kept in the truck will be returned soon.
“A 22-inch chain, a box chain with a clear pendant full of gold and it was a personal item that he had since he was 17," the victim describes.
While police try to gather up stolen goods, investigators are also looking into a business-break in on White's Mill Road.
Investigators say it may be connected to the case.
We've learned the investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely. They’re also looking into whether Deloach had any help from people while on the run.
We’ve learned the victim’s garage was locked, but the truck's keys were in the vehicle.
Captain Ashbrook reminds people criminals will take advantage of unlocked doors whether it's a house, car or garage. He recommends locking all items.