“We had a complete home stolen. This isn’t a motor home, this isn’t a mobile home and this is a ‘home,'” Sheriff Frank Skrah told reporters at a press conference earlier in the week, according to NBC affiliate KOBI.
“[The owner] went to visit his part-time home and between the first time he saw it and a couple of months later, it was gone. I mean can you imagine?” Skrah told the Washington Post in an interview on Thursday.
Again, this was not a house on wheels. This was a house on a foundation. As you can see from the photo of the once-missing house, there are stairs, a door, windows — the whole shebang.
The house, which was located in the Sprague River area, was vacant at the time (thankfully!). And on Thursday, Skrah told the Post that it was finally found it about 10-15 miles away from its original location.
“We’ve found the house. We’ve identified potential suspects,” Skrah. “We think that somebody busted out the foundation, jacked it up, put a lowboy [trailer] underneath it and lowered it down on the lowboy and took it.”
“I’ll tell you, we were sitting around…myself with 40 years of experience … but we have never heard of anything like this,” he added. “It’s crazy. Who steals an entire house?”
Skrah said he and his deputies are closing in on the suspects, but he couldn’t discuss the specifics of the ongoing investigation.
[This post has been updated.]