News 4 tracks down stolen van allowing the owner to work again

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 4:18 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- On Monday, Herman Bertuso’s 'handy man' van was stolen from in front of his house. Wednesday night, News 4 helped find the stolen van not far from Bertuso’s house.

News 4 Reporter Matt Sczesny stumbled upon the stolen van after visiting with Bertuso about the outpouring of support he was receiving from the public over his stolen tools.

The News 4 team then received a tip on where Bertuso’s van might be and drove through the neighborhood. That’s when they saw the stolen van parked on the 1300 block of Graham.

Matt said he spotted the van as they drove down the street and found the plates matched. He said Bertuso’s large ladder still sat on top of the van.

“I’m so thankful for you. If it wasn"t for you I don’t know what I’d do,” Bertuso said, “You’ve been so helpful all the way through on this.”

Unfortunately, many of Bertuso’s tools were not inside the van.

A carpenter by trade, Bertuso’s livelihood was stolen from in front of his house Monday morning, just weeks after his wife died.

Since Tuesday night, people have left boxes of tools on the Bertuso’s porch and an internet fundraising effort at crowdtilt.com has now raised over $2,000 for Bertuso to buy new tools.

“I think it’s great and grand and there’s no words to describe how it makes me feel,” said Bertuso, “This makes me feel real wonderful that people can be so kind and understanding.”

 

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