Thieves steal Norfolk man’s tow truck

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A Norfolk man says he worked his whole life to start up his towing business, only to take have it taken away by thieves.

George Coppler called 10 On Your Side for help after thieves stole his tow truck from the Little Creek Marina Tuesday. Coppler believes whoever stole his truck hot-wired it and took off.

“It’s very emotional for me,” said Coppler. “I have to start over again. By the grace of God, He is going to give me the strength to do it. I know He will.”

To Coppler, his 1993 Chevy 3500 HD was more than just a truck. It was his livelihood, his way of helping others, and what he hoped to retire on.

“I’ve been taken for everything I owned. I have nothing else in life to make a living with,” said Coppler.

Coppler used the truck for his towing, mobile auto repair, and repo business. Everything he owned for that business was inside the truck when it was stolen.

“I have nothing, no tools, nothing,” said Coppler. “Everything was in at that truck. There were tools that didn’t even belong to me in that truck.”

On Monday, Coppler said he parked his black 1993 Chevy truck at the Little Creek Marina lot near his boat house. Tuesday morning, it was nowhere to be found.

“My girlfriend left to go to work at 8 a.m. It was here when she left,” said Coppler. “I came out to take off to go do a job, walked down the pier at 10:30 a.m., and it was gone”

Coppler said he had just put hundreds of dollars of improvements into the truck

“I”m completely tapped out,” said Coppler. “I spent all my money to get this thing up and running. I spent $1,300 on this thing to get a new pump, and a new hydrolic cylinder. I can’t believe someone would take something from me, I’m the one who usually gives, you know? I’m a guy just trying to help serve the public.”

If you know anything about this call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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