usually symbolize excitement and new possibilities, but on one Chicago block, the sight of a moving truck should have aroused suspicions.
When DePaul University assistant basketball coach Billy Garrett and his family returned from a recent team trip to France, they discovered their house had been burglarized. Shocked by the theft, Garrett was even more surprised by the way it happened. The thieves apparently posed as house movers.
"They came in with moving trucks," Garrett told ESPNChicago.com. "Our neighbors just thought we were moving."
The thieves took a machine used to treat his son's medical condition, as well as memorabilia handed down to Garrett by his father, a celebrated player and coach at Indiana University, according to ESPNChicago. Garrett estimated his total loss at around $500,000.
Garrett told the source he has faith in the police and is optimistic the thieves will be apprehended.
Illinois police have already been targeting moving companies that steal from victims in more manipulative ways, contracting with clients and then holding their possessions for ransom. Highlighting the importance of doing business with a reputable company, more than 300 citations have been issued recently for movers operating without licenses in the state, USA Today reported.