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Albany man desperate to find stolen semi truck

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – An Albany truck driver's livelihood is in jeopardy. Not because of the economy, but because of bad luck and a greedy crook.

Wallace Harper's run of misfortune began two years ago when his mobile home burned to the ground.

"It really made it difficult for us to get back up on our feet. As a matter of fact, we stayed homeless for about 11 months," said Harper.

Staying with friends and relatives, the family purchased this semi truck in an effort to get their finances back in order.

Harper's wife bought a 2004 International truck from an auction in Atlanta.

"She took all she had and bought the truck to help us get back up on our feet," he said.

A truck driver since '93, Harper purchased enough insurance to get the rig down to Albany and parked the truck outside a friend's house of Radium Springs Road.

"We had it parked in Putney until we were to decide what direction we wanted to go in and what company we wanted to lease on with," Harper said.

But he never got the chance. Two months ago his truck was stolen.

"It was like somebody knocked the life out of me. Me and wife, she cried and I cried because it was like the last thread that we were holding on to," said Harper.

The pictures of the truck are all that's left. It's a tough reminder of the lost investment. But he hopes someone knows where his truck is and who stole it.

"It's our lifeline and it means everything to us. It may not mean that much to you, but it's the difference between us surviving and not surviving.

The stolen truck is a gold International with double bunk sleepers. One of the side mirrors has a crack in it.

Dougherty County Police continue to track the truck's Vehicle Identification Number to see if anyone tries to register the truck or trade in its parts.

If you see it or know where it is, you're asked to contact the Dougherty County Police at 430-6600.

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