Thieves swipe valuable truck, trailer from Porter small business


by Doug Miller / KHOU 11 News & staff

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 6:27 PM

PORTER, Texas -- Nobody likes it when somebody steals your car or your truck, but imagine losing a truck that’s worth as much as some people’s houses.

That’s the fate that befell Brian Harmon on Easter Sunday, when somebody swiped from his small business a truck and he a trailer worth an estimated $69,000.

“It ruined my Easter Sunday with my kids, you know,” Harmon said. “I had barbecue, I had everything laid out and come out here to pick my kids up. And I pass by and the truck and trailer’s gone.”

Harmon runs a small auto restoration shop alongside a two-lane highway in Porter, a rural community in south Montgomery County. He proudly points to the classic cars in his shop that his workers are restoring, from old Impalas to the classic ’57 Chevy.

But the biggest vehicle on his lot was the truck and trailer that acquired in a trade, a Ford F-650 Super Cruiser attached to a 42-foot Mobile Scout trailer. Harmon called it a “toy hauler” used to transport motorcycles to sporting events.

Hoping to sell it for $69,000, he parked it outside his restoration shop. Amid the rusting hulks of old cars and trucks sitting around the lot, the gleaming white truck and trailer stood out.

So when he drove past the shop on Easter Sunday, he couldn’t help noticing that it was missing.

“I about had a heart attack,” he said. “I felt really devastated. I mean, it’s a large rig, a big high-priced rig. I only have liability insurance on it.”

Harmon spent his holiday printing fliers at Walgreen’s and posting them at gas stations, convenience stores and other places throughout his part of Montgomery County.

“I work hard for what I have and this is very devastating,” he said. “I’ve got kids I’m trying to get through college and smaller kids that are growing up to go to college. And you know, this is really going to take away from their future.”

Harmon hopes somebody will see the distinctive vehicle and call the Montgomery Co. Sheriff’s Department. Barring that, he hopes whoever stole the vehicle saw the story that aired on KHOU and decide it’s too hot to fence, then just park it in a field or on the side of a road.

“These things happen,” he told a customer who stopped by the shop. “We just have to work harder.”