Grove man shows sympathy for homeless man accused of stealing his truck

Victim shows sympathy for homeless man accused of taking truck

GROVE, Okla. — QUICK FACTS:

  • A Grove man is looking for his stolen truck.
  • After watching surveillance video, Derek Filsmyer says the man that stole his car was homeless.
  • Filsmyer shared his sympathy in a Facebook post.
  • His post has been shared now several hundred times, and he's been getting calls from news and radio stations across the country.

This week someone stole Derek Filsmyer's truck from his work in Grove.
Filsmyer told us he saw the guy who did it on security video from a nearby business.

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After watching the video, he realized the man had been around for hours before it happened, and he was shoeless, coatless and had been eating out of their dumpster.

To the guy that stole my truck........ As much as I want to be pissed about it. I can’t. 🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️ It’s 14 degrees...

Posted by Derek Filsmyer on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The man also slept under their front door awning and had to use the front door mat to cover himself because it was so cold.
Filsmyer then posted on Facebook about what happened. He said he's not mad because the man clearly had more problems than he did.

"I've got a warm house, I've got a good job, I've got a great support system of friends and family…"  He also said about his truck that the man stole: "There were multiple pairs of shoes in there, including a pair of snow boots (if he can fit a womens size 8) a couple of my jackets/hoodies. A couple dollars in there to get him some food, pretty much everything a guy in his situation could need."

His post has been shared now several hundred times, and he’s been getting calls from news and radio stations across the country.

He says he didn’t think anyone other than a few people he knew would see it, and didn’t’ think anyone would think too much of it.

If you know someone in need of shelter in Delaware County, contact the North Eastern Oklahoma Action Agency resources. 

Those in the Tulsa area can contact the John 316 Mission, Tulsa Day Center or Salvation Army.

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