U-Haul stolen, “mysteriously” reappears

A brand new U-Haul truck, valued at $27,000, was allegedly stolen from the Coon Rapids U-Haul rental store, 3401 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW.

Richard Joseph Crandall, 41, of Fridley, is accused of stealing the vehicle – renting it with no intention of returning it.

Crandall was arraigned in Anoka County District Court April 10, and the U-Haul truck “mysteriously reappeared” at the rental store that same day, according to Coon Rapids Police Department Detective Chad Duckson.

The U-Haul store manager told police that Crandall had come into the store and presented a Minnesota license to rent the truck the afternoon of March 7. The truck was due back two days later, and when Crandall still hadn’t delivered the truck nearly one month later, the store contacted police April 8, the criminal complaint states.

The business sent a certified letter demanding return of the truck March 12, and it was accepted by an individual living with Crandall, according to the complaint.

Crandall is currently in custody on many drug and theft charges.

Police are continuing to investigate how the U-Haul truck came to be returned to the Coon Rapids Store, Duckson said.

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