Household annoyed after camper stolen at Tenting World in Harmony

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CONCORD, NC (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — For the past eight months, Tim Hartgrove and his wife have been touring the Southeast in their RV.

“The beginning was exciting, traveling and camping with my kids. I’m enjoying it, it’s great,” Hartgrove said.

His son-in-law Brandon Hardy bought them the camper as a retirement gift for that very reason. But now it’s in someone else’s hands.

“My parents’ retirement is kind of rocked right now,” Hardy said.

On Friday, Hartgrove said he took the RV to Camping World of Concord for warranty issues. Two days later, he received a call from his daughter asking where the RV was.

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“[She said] “Are you at Crowders Mountain?” I was like, ‘No, why would I be in Crowders Mountain with the camper?’ I said, ‘The camper is in the store. I do not have it.’ She said, “Are you serious?” And from there she was like, ‘Oh my God, someone’s got the camper.'”

On Saturday morning, a suspect pulled into Camping World in a U-Haul, hooked up the RV and drove away, according to the Concord Police Department.

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The following day, the driver was spotted by a doorbell camera driving over a mailbox in the Crowders Mountain area, leaving a license plate.

“That’s the only way he found out the RV was stolen. He ran the day, went back to Brandon, and Brandon called me,” Hartgrove said.

Her next step was to call Camping World. Brandon said workers there had no idea the camper was missing until he asked them to check on it.

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“I called them and said, ‘Is there any kind of compensation? Is there anything that will be done? You know we lost personal belongings and our RV?’ They said, ‘There’s nothing we can do, just file it with your insurance company and you’ll be fine,'” Hardy said.

Within the past three months, Concord Police said at least two RVs have been stolen from the site.

Queen City News contacted Camping World of Concord to find out their policy on theft of customer property and received no response by the deadline.

“They just don’t seem to care,” Hardy said.

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While Hardy says the RV, two TVs, a grill and other items in the RV can be replaced, two blankets handmade by his mother, who died in April, cannot be replaced.

“It means a lot to me to get her back. It’s just something of hers I would do [love to] have,” Hartgrove said.

Concord Police say the suspect covered up numbers on the side of the U-Haul, making it difficult to track him down. The police are still looking for the suspect and the camper.