Stolen truck found in Tacoma; mannequins still missing

A moving truck containing approximately $1 million in mannequins and sewing supplies, stolen from a hotel parking lot sometime Wednesday night, was found Saturday in Tacoma.

The mannequins and other goods weren’t.

Police said the truck was mostly full of empty boxes that had been rummaged through.

Truck driver Joe Vecchiarelli said Thursday that he’d come from Los Angeles with supplies for the Sewing & Stitchery Expo at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup.

“As I walked out to the lot, it was like, ‘Wow. Is this a dream? There’s no truck out here — really?’ ” he told KIRO-TV.

Vecchiarelli parked the truck outside a Federal Way hotel. When he woke up to check on it Thursday morning, he realized 200 custom-made European mannequins and other supplies had been stolen along with the truck.

Most of the truck’s contents had been emptied out by Saturday, with the exception of one box.

Vecchiarelli said he’s hoping the rest of what was in the truck will soon be found.

“If you do see this product on the market, and you do find any of these products that look suspicious, contact your local police,” he said.