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    Photo Courtesy of Rachelle King

Truck Stolen from Residents at Northern Navajo Nation Fair in Shiprock

Boy's football gear among items stolen
"Its all I can do to focus and not break down watching Justin in tears." ` Rachelle King

On Saturday evening, Dove Creek residents, Tommy Rippee and Rachelle King had their truck stolen in Shiprock, New Mexico. 

The vehicle is described as a 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500 DuraMax with Colorado Plate CWF501.

 Photo courtesy of Rachelle King

The truck is gold in color, with black brush guard, silver fuel tank with fuel pump on driver side, and extended mirrors.

The vehicle was parked at the Shiprock Post Office while they were at the Northern Navajo Nation Fair. 

The vehicle was last seen at around 7:00 p.m.. Saturday evening, and the people who parked next to them reported seeing the vehicle between 8 and 8:30 p.m.. The vehicle went missing sometime between them and 9:30 p.m..

A police report was filed with Navajo police for the vehicle and contents missing. Including in that list a purse, a wallet, camera, keys, medications and youth football gear.

They were in the area for Rippee's 9-year-old son Justin's Football game in Bloomfield earlier in the day, which is why the gear was in the truck.  Justin plays for the Cortez Panthers.

Even though the truck is Rippee's sole source of transportation, King said they were more upset about the loss of Justin's football gear, stating, "I'm more worried about him as he is devastated because he can't finish out his league games. Poor little guy."

Rippee is still in New Mexico actively looking for the vehicle.

In the meantime, King started a GoFundMe fundraiser to hopefully build up enough money to recover the equipment in time for Justin to play out the rest of his season. 

King stated, "It's all I can do to focus and not break down watching Justin in tears."

Link to GoFundMe


If anyone has any information on the theft, or think they may have seen the vehicle, please contact law enforcement and report it. Do not attempt to confront possible suspects.

Navajo Police Department can be reached by telephone at (505) 368-1351. Website

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