Truck carrying mannequins stolen from Federal Way parking lot

A truck containing $1 million in fashion merchandise — namely mannequins — was stolen from a Federal Way hotel parking lot this week.

The merchandise was bound for the Puyallup Sewing & Stitchery Expo, which ends Sunday.

Joe Vecchiarelli, owner of the largest sewing supply center in the United States, was on his way to the expo from Los Angeles when he stopped Wednesday at a Federal Way hotel in the 1400 block of South 348th Street.

When he came out of his room early Thursday, his Penske rental truck was gone. The desk clerk reviewed surveillance footage and spotted the truck leaving about 5:30 a.m.

Inside was clothing, accessories, a sewing machine and 200 French dress-form mannequins.

“I’d love to see the thieves’ reaction when they see what they stole,” Vecchiarelli told KIRO-TV. “They’re going to find a bunch of dead mannequins. The joke will be on them.”

Federal Way police detectives listed the truck as stolen in state and national databases.

They also are reviewing cameras along South 348th Street and Pacific Highway, as well as South 348th Street and Enchanted Parkway, for any sign of the stolen truck, police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said.

Footage shows a white pickup truck pulling into the hotel parking lot Thursday and then leaving moments later, followed by the rental truck.

Vecchiarelli, who has appeared on TV reality shows, said he was disappointed he has no items to display at the expo but was keeping his fingers crossed that the merchandise would be found before the expo ends.