A north Spokane couple woke up one morning recently to their worst fear: A trailer packed with a dune buggy and two dirt bikes had been stolen from their home.
It should have been a joyful time for the couple -- the trailer was stolen the morning of Deidre Smith's baby shower -- but now they are recovering for the fourth time as victims of crime. In the last three years, the couple has had two cars broken into and now their trailer stolen with the dirt bikes and dune buggy inside.
Smith woke up looking forward to her baby shower; she's due next month. Her excitement quickly turned to panic when she looked out her window to see the aluminum trailer missing.
"When I ran outside saw it was just gone I panicked. I didn't know what to do," said Smith.
The trailer was still loaded from a camping trip the weekend before. Smith's boyfriend was going to unpack when she was at her shower but never got the chance.
"It couldn't have been one person that did it. It couldn't. It was near impossible to lift it to get the wheel on it for one person," said Smith.
At this point, all the couple can do is speculate how the trailer was stolen, even with a tongue lock in place that was meant to keep anyone from hooking onto the trailer and driving off.
When Smith inspected where the trailer once sat she didn't find any metal shavings or marks that would indicate the lock was sawed off.
That led Smith to think maybe a couple of people lifted the trailer, rolled it down the hill and then used tools to cut the lock off. The trailer weighed about 1,000 pounds, and everything that was taken, trailer included, cost roughly $8,000.
Smith said they got hit where it hurts as they just went from two to one income since she's now on maternity leave.