Stolen semi found in Phoenix neighborhood

Posted at 12:18 AM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 03:24:08-05

A Good Samaritan made a big find in a south Phoenix neighborhood, helping identify a stolen semi-truck.

Kalum Mosbrucker makes his living with his truck and it has sentimental value after buying it from his father.

Over the weekend, someone stole the truck from the lot where he parks it and he’s spent days driving the area near 19th Avenue and the Interstate 17 in hopes of spotting it.

“My friends told me there was no way I would get it back, that it's probably headed to Mexico to be parted out," Mosbrucker said.

Scott Buchanan saw the story of the stolen big rig on ABC15 and it stuck with him.

As he was working near South Mountain there was no missing the giant, bright teal semi-truck with a “prisoner of the highway” decal on the back casually parked on a residential street about nine miles away from where it was stolen.

“I happen to look over and saw that prisoner of the highway decal and everything fit together," said Buchanan.

Kalum says there's some damage to the outside and he guesses the crook took it for a joyride in the desert. His clothes and electronics were also stolen from the inside, but an angel that his mother gave to him before she passed away was fortunately still in the cab.

"Every day I touch it, say a little prayer, that meant a lot to me," said Mosbrucker.  

The crook also left several boxes of empty cigarette filters in the cab of the truck so it looks like they weren’t done with it yet.

Police took the boxes for evidence and are following other leads from neighbors. If you know anything about the theft contact Phoenix police.