Inherited F-150 is Stolen and Returned Surprisingly Undamaged

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Owner’s plea for his late grandfather’s Ford F-150 may have encouraged the thieves to leave the truck to be returned.

Late last week, a young man named A.J. Siscoe had his 1996 Ford F-150 stolen right out of his driveway. With a book value of around $1,000, having the average 1996 Ford truck stolen would be little more than an inconvenience. But this particular pickup was special to the owner, with great sentimental value. This light blue F-150 had been given Siscoe by his late grandfather, so when the thieves stole this half-ton pickup, they actually took the last thing that this young man had to remember his grandfather.

Fortunately, this story from Fox 21 News in Colorado has a fairly happy ending.

About the Truck

When Siscoe was given this truck by his grandfather, the young man was in the process of battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His grandfather passed away a short time later and due to his own battle with cancer, Siscoe was unable to attend the funeral. But when he finally got out of the hospital, his grandfather’s truck was waiting for him.

AJ Siscoe Ford F-150

With help from his mother, Siscoe invested upwards of $4,000 to fix up the 1996 F-150, adding custom wheels and a lift kit, leading to a pretty sharp-looking half-ton pickup. Unfortunately, on May 9, Siscoe posted on his Facebook page that the truck had been stolen. He asked the community to keep an eye out. When the local news heard about this special F-150 being stolen, they helped out with the hunt as well, doing a feature story.

Safe and Sound

On May 12, Siscoe shared this picture on social media, showing that his F-150 after having been found.

AJ Siscoe Ford F-150 Found

The thieves had stolen the large tool box out of the bed along with some assorted tools. The door handle and ignition cylinder had been damaged during the process of the theft, but that was the extent of the damage.

There was a crack pipe left behind. So, whoever stole this 1996 Ford F-150 likely had a drug problem. But at least they left this truck somewhere that it could be found, and in relatively good shape.

Damage or not, Siscoe is just happy to have his grandfather’s truck back and after fixing the damage, he plans to install a good alarm system, along with new locks and keys all around.

Photos: Fox 21 News/Facebook

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