Travel-trailer stolen in September found in woods in Pend Oreille County



Posted on February 20, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 3:57 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A thief stolen a 26 foot long travel trailer from a neighborhood in North Spokane. After searching for months, detectives found it in some rural woods miles away from the victim’s house.

Detectives believe Forrest Heaton lived inside the trailer for months. They said he was illegally running power to it.

The victim in this bizarre theft said her sense of security rocked after crooks just towed away her brand new trailer from her home back in September.

She said she had given up hope that she would ever see the trailer again.

Detectives with Spokane’s Regional Auto Theft Task Force got a tip. An informant told detectives to look in some rural woods in Pend Oreille County for the trailer.

Court records show Heaton was making himself at home inside the trailer.

The trailer was hauled away for evidence. Investigators are seeing if any part of it is salvageable.

“I’m thankful they found it but I’m also thankful for my insurance replacing it so I don’t have to have it back,” said the victim.

Detectives said they found Heaton hiding out at his mom’s when they went to question him.

They also said trailer thefts are becoming more and more common in Spokane. Authorities said wheel locks can prevent this type of theft.