Tractor being used to build dream home stolen from couple's property near Roy
NEAR ROY, Wash. -- Two veterans building their dream home near Roy just suffered a big setback after a thief or thieves stole a brand new tractor from their secluded property.
"It’s just going to be a one-story rambler. This is the garage right here," Joshua Olsen said Wednesday night as he pointed to where his home is being built.
He and his wife Carolyn can envision the end result in their heads: Their dream home they planned to be in by Christmas with their four kids.
"You can start seeing it now. It’s getting exciting finally," Olsen said.
Work on the foundation recently began after two years of hurdles.
With equipment rental costs adding up, the couple bought a 2018 Kubota L3301 tractor two weeks ago to move trees around on the property and do some back-filling.
"Got it delivered, it had 0.1 hours on it. So, they basically had enough hours to run it back on the truck and deliver it," Olsen told KOMO News. "I used it for 5 hours since."
On Saturday night, rough weather conditions temporarily forced him to stop his work.
The tractor was gone when he returned to the property Wednesday morning.
"At first I maybe thought I parked it somewhere different and did a couple of walk-arounds like a little bit of a crazy person and realized finally – it kinda dawned on me that it was just gone," said Olsen, a firefighter at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. His wife is a librarian for the Bethel School District. "I called my wife, of course. And I said, ‘You’re not going to believe this, but I think the tractor’s gone.’"
"I thought he was joking at first because of all of the stuff that we’ve been through with the property and it’s just like one more thing," his wife added.
The Olsens believe whoever stole the tractor had to put it on a trailer to haul it away from the property, which is located in a gated community.
It's an approximately $40,000 setback, the couple said.
At least the thief or thieves left a few pieces behind, they added.
"And two quarts," Carolyn Olsen said.
"Two quarts of oil," her husband quickly added with a laugh.
The couple does have insurance, they said. But another tractor potentially won’t arrive for a couple of weeks to a month, they added. That will likely push their Christmas deadline back to early next year.
The couple has already filed a police report. The tractor has a front loader and a backhoe.
If you know anything that can help with the investigation, call the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department or the Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force.