Man says truck, trailer and $250K worth of exotic pottery stolen in Tempe

TEMPE, AZ - A man says someone stole his truck and trailer carrying more than $250,000 worth of exotic pottery.

George Cook was in Phoenix showing the authentic Native American pottery off at the Oasis Gift Show at the Phoenix Convention Center.

He drove from Albuquerque to Phoenix for the show and says he's been coming here for more than 20 years.

After the show on Saturday, Cook planned to stay Sunday for the Super Bowl and then leave on Monday to head back to New Mexico.

So he checked into a hotel in Tempe near Baseline Road and Priest Drive.

Earlier Sunday, he says he made sure the truck's alarm was on and he even put a Club on the steering wheel. When he went outside the next morning, all of it was gone.

"I was just shocked," Cook said. "I was very, very secure…I even parked it by the curb but they just drove over it."

He notified the hotel where he was staying who promptly called the Tempe Police Department.

There is no surveillance video or any clues as to how the suspects were able to jump through all of Cook's security hurdles without anyone noticing.

He says the pottery was handmade by some of the Native American tribes in New Mexico. Cook says he feels bad because it affects their livelihood. "That's how they make their living."

He alerted the Nogales U.S. Border Patrol in case someone tries to take it over the border.

He and another employee were going to drive back, but were forced to buy plane tickets home.

He hopes someone will come forward with information.

 

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