Theft of firewood leaves family cold
January 7, 2012
On Sunday morning, Misty Reader's son went out
as he does every morning when the wood pile by
the stove goes low to fetch some more firewood,
but all he found were a few lonely pieces.
When he went in and told mom, she couldn't
believe it, but when she went out to check, she
discovered, to her shock, that it was true. The
full cord she bought just before Christmas was
gone, apparently stolen in the night.
"To the heartless person or people that took it
upon yourself to steal my firewood, that should
have lasted us for the month, thank you so
much," she wrote on Facebook. "My three kids and
disabled elderly mother will be very cold in our
home for the next few weeks 'til we get paid and
can buy more!"
With an arctic front expected to drop
temperatures in the region to bone-numbing, the
alleged theft comes at a particularly bad time
for the family, who live on Highway 95 south of
"I understand these are trying times," Misty
said, "but this is beyond being desperate. I'm
trying to find things I can pawn so I can get
more firewood. I can't let my family be cold ...
it's making me sick just thinking about it."
She estimates that more than half a cord was
taken. Because her driveway is icy, there were
no noticeable tracks; she spent a lot of time
Sunday looking for clues, but came up empty.
"It had to have happened during the weekend,"
she said. "All I can think is that it was done
at night or they waited until I was gone."
She didn't file a theft report with the
sheriff's office, she said, because she didn't
think there'd be anything they could do.
If anyone may have seen suspicious activity or
know who is responsible, she asks that you call
her at (208) 920-0817. Also, if there's anyone
who has a bit of firewood they can spare, this
is a family that could sure use it.
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