NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A young woman recently moved from California to Tennessee to start a new job in Nashville. But just minutes after she arrived in town, a thief stole almost everything she owned.
Sheridan Foody and her father arrived at her new West End apartment complex around 10am on Saturday morning. They walked into the rental office and left the U-Haul running. Within ten minutes someone jumped into the truck and drove off.
“We run and basically find where to pull the truck so we can unload and by the time we get out the truck is gone,” Foody said. “I was a bit in shock, I had never experienced anything like this.”
Foody filed a police report and later posted about the theft on Facebook. A few days later, someone who had seen a photo of the U-Haul and license plate online spotted the stolen truck parked outside the Kroger grocery store on 21st Avenue. This person messaged Foody, and she then called the Metro Police.
When Foody and the police arrived on the scene, they found a man sleeping in the stolen truck.
“Once the guy jumped off the truck, it was hard not to have compassion for him. You could tell he was broken. You could tell he was upset, a little disoriented,” Foody said. “Fortunately, when the police took him to the ambulance, they let me go and look him in the eye and tell him that I forgive him and that Jesus loves him. Then I have to bless him. looked with a ton of compassion and he said “I’m so sorry”.
Metro police identified the man as 36-year-old Brandon Phillips, who now faces charges of theft of property, theft of vehicle and drug paraphernalia.
When Foody opened the U-Haul in Kroger’s parking lot, she found piles of trash and only a few damaged furniture. Phillips told Foody and police he sold the rest of his stuff but didn’t say to whom.
“It wasn’t the start I thought I’d get in Nashville, but there were a lot of cool moments. And I have the best friends in the world who have rallied around me. It really will be a fresh start,” he said. said Foody.
A Brentwood hotel found one of Foody’s suitcases in its parking lot. We don’t know how it got there, but it was the only personal item she was able to recover. She told News 2 that she didn’t even have a toothbrush after taking the truck.
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