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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Las Vegas police reportedly obtained surveillance video showing the truck and Jeep pulling into a lot at the Palace Casino Hotel just minutes after they were stolen. A short time later, the truck can be seen in the video leaving without the Jeep, which was later recovered with minor damage. Laptop computers, iPods, a digital camera and a stereo were gone from the vehicle. Police are still investigating the case, and hotel officials are waiting until that investigation is completed before they decide what, if anything, they’ll do to compensate the family. “We’re extremely sympathetic, but we have to remain prudent,” said Ron Reese, a hotel spokesman. “There’s processes in place to deal with situations like this.” Up until the theft, the move had been a joyous occasion for the close-knit family. Debbie and Craig Krzyston, along with their daughter, Samantha, decided to move from Geneva, a western suburb of Chicago, where they had lived all their lives, to the San Fernando Valley so they could be near their son, Justyn, of Studio City. They were looking forward to palm trees and 80-degree Decembers. The Krzyston family hopes that everything stolen in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. On their way to relocating to the San Fernando Valley from Chicago over the Thanksgiving holiday, all their life possessions – from sofas to shoes to family photos – were lost when a moving truck they were driving was stolen from a Sin City parking lot. Staying at the Venetian Hotel, the Krzystons parked their 26-foot Penske rental truck and the Jeep Cherokee it was pulling into a large, guarded parking lot the hotel uses for guests with oversize vehicles that offers 24-hour security. When they returned the next day, the truck, Jeep and everything else they owned were gone. “I’ve been here almost six years,” said Justyn, 24, who owns a construction company. “Ever since I’ve been here, I’ve been trying to get them to move to California, and my dad says they’ve been trying to get me to move back, and I finally won.” He had rented a nearby town home for his parents and sister with a yearlong lease, but they’re staying with him because he doesn’t want them living in a home with no furniture or clothes. “We don’t have a huge $10,000 savings account or money saved for a rainy day,” Krzyston said of his working-class family. “We had stuff.” His father worked in the machine tool industry and his mother was a real estate paralegal. They did not have jobs lined up in L.A. “We’re trying to get through every day as it comes,” Krzyston said. “People ask, `How are you going to get through Christmas?’ Christmas? How am I going to get through Wednesday?” Krzyston said although his family would like to recover TVs, clothes and furniture, their heart is heavy thinking about other lost items. “Give me my pictures, my swim team trophies from when I was 8 years old,” Krzyston said. “Baby pictures, family mementos from my grandpa … letters from grandma … my African journal (from a mission trip). Where is it? It probably still smells like Africa. Where is it?” [email protected]
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