Kevin Sears’s Plumbtec truck was parked outside his Fraser Heights-area home. (submitted photo)

Vegas shooting survivor’s stolen truck found, tools gone

Kevin Sears’ Plumbtec truck ‘bashed up pretty good’

• This story has been updated

Kevin Sears’ work truck has been found, but it doesn’t look pretty – and most of his tools are gone, of course.

“It was bashed up pretty good – they punched the lock and the ignition,” Sears said Tuesday (March 13). “They spray-painted it, too, to cover up the logo and the company name.”

Sears, a Surrey resident who survived the mass shooting in Las Vegas last fall, had his truck stolen from outside his Fraser Heights-area home on the morning of Thursday, March 8.

A plumbing and heating contractor, Sears drives a white cube van with Plumbtec Mechanical Inc. painted on the side.

The 2006 Ford went missing at around 4 a.m., Sears figured.

“I heard something,” he said. “It was parked on the street right in front of my house.”

• READ MORE: Vegas shooting survivor from Surrey retraces steps at concert site, honoured at hockey game, from Feb. 28.

A day later, on Friday (March 9), the truck was found in Langley, Sears said.

“Pretty much all the tools are gone,” he noted, estimating their value at between $20,000 and $30,000.

“I should have insurance for that,” Sears added. “I need to get a van for temporary use, and I’m buying tools as I speak.”

Sears said the truck has been broken into before, but never stolen – until last week.

“We have had a couple of vehicles broken into in our neighbourhood, but I’m not sure about whole vehicles stolen,” he said the day his truck went missing. “They just want the contents.”

Late last month, Sears found the strength to return to the scene of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.

With his wife and friends, he flew back to Las Vegas, where he was struck by a gunman’s bullet during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival last October, and walked the concert grounds again.

He brought along a custom-made “Vegas Strong” hockey jersey to wear at the Golden Knights’ hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks on Feb. 23, and was honoured on the arena’s big screen during the game.

In Vegas last October, Sears, his wife, Coleen, and another couple were enjoying the music of country musician Jason Aldean when all hell broke loose.

“I dove on top of my wife and another lady nearby, and took a bullet,” he recalled in a recent interview. “It probably would have hit either Coleen or the other lady.”



tom.zillich@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

Just Posted

In final State of City Address, Hepner looks back at Surrey’s evolution over 30 years

Outgoing mayor announces Director of Housing and pokes fun at her ‘media missteps’

ZYTARUK: Hepner, to her credit, rose to the occasion

She could have used her last address to make political digs, pitches and slights. She did not.

Surrey woman’s ‘tell-all’ book meant to help those struggling with domestic violence

Second book details abusive marriage, how people failed her

Surrey district cop station closed by sewer backup

People seeking criminal records checks and other services can get help at any of the other stations

VIDEO: Messages of hope, encouragement line bars of B.C. bridge

WARNING: This story contains references to suicide and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Around the BCHL: Nanaimo Clippers acquire defenceman from Langley Rivermen

Around the BCHL is a look at goings on around the BCHL and the junior A world.

B.C. co-op develops tech to help prevent ODs, especially for alone users

Brave Technology has been awarded $200,000 in the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge

Recent jump in U.S. butter imports? All smooth, says Canadian dairy farmers

U.S. farmers recently enjoyed extra access to the Canadian market

Potential replacements for Phoenix pay system to start testing soon: Brison

Testing of prototypes to replace troubled federal pay system will begin within weeks

Nanaimo’s Tilray Inc. briefly the world’s largest cannabis company

The company, only listed in the US, nearly reached $300 in afternoon trading on Wednesday

Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released from prison

Smart was 14 years old when she was snatched from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 by street preacher Brian David Mitchell

New York books editor out after backlash over Jian Ghomeshi essay

Ian Buruma, who was appointed as editor of the New York Review of Books in late 2017, no longer works for the publication

B.C. couple plans sustainable, zero-waste life in the Shuswap

Plan includes building a tiny house before the snow flies

Most Read