Thieves steal moving van containing everything couple owns

LAKE TAPPS, Wash. -- A Penske rental moving van should be sitting outside Terry and Barb Hartman's new Lake Tapps home.

But crooks made off with the van, which was filled with all of their possessions. The couple had just moved from Spokane.

"We met a realtor, finally, at the house to get our keys," said Barb Hartman. "And my husband, when we pulled up, said, 'Where's our truck?"'

"Well, it's hard to imagine," said Terry Hartman. "We haven't had anything this devastating happen to us."

Fortunately, the Hartmans still have photos of their possessions. They were taken during the sale of their home in Spokane.

"Photos, memorabilia, antique furniture, love seats -- my gosh," said Barb Hartman.

Bonney Lake police believe the van disappeared sometime between 7 p.m. last Thursday and 9 a.m. the following morning. The truck itself is bright yellow, but inside is a lot of pink -- Mary Kay products worth $10,000.

"And they'll have my label," said Barb Hartman, who has been a top seller and manager for Mary Kay for nearly four decades.

The Hartmans are trying to make the best of a bad situation.

"Mary Kay always said to take lemons and turn them into lemonade, and that's what we're going to do," said Barb Hartman.

The Hartmans are staying with family. They say the furniture and cosmetics can be replaced by insurance, but all of their mementos from a lifetime together are gone for good.

The missing 26-foot Penske van has an Indiana license plate with numbers 2101613. Anyone with information is urged to call police immediately.