1/26/2021 Update – RECOVERED! They did it! The owners hunted the East Bay known hot spots and located the Joy Bus! OPD came and recovered it. A man living in it was detained and released. He stated someone parked it at the homeless camp on E 12th Street a few days earlier and just left it. Check out the whole story on YouTube. Thank you everyone for sharing this post. Put an Apple Airtag on your stuff! Be safe – Marc
Our home is gone. We spent over a year building out our shuttle bus so that we could travel the country camping and visiting family. Just days after we arrived to the home of a loved one, our home was stolen from the driveway. We have been living in our bus since September and intended to drive it home to North Carolina this spring. Although NC is “home”, we don’t even have a house to go back to there. This bus was our house and we wanted to live in it on our friends’ farm this fall. It contained our musical instruments, a bicycle, our bed, books, jewelry, clothing, shoes, kitchenware, our dog’s medicine, her security blanket, and toys … just about anything that you can think of that you’d keep in a home. We had just installed a decal above the front window of my grandfather’s artwork. He passed in October and we wanted to honor him while we traveled as he was a joyous man who loved life and people. The decal says “JOY!” Which is what we call our bus. Please help us find our home, our sweet Joy Bus. It is a white shuttle bus, a Ford e450 with an NC plate (if it hasn’t been removed). The passenger side door is actually a house door painted blue. We have a Max Air Vent on top of the bus. Lots of bumper stickers around the back door and a backup cam on the bumper. We love and miss our bus so much. Please help!
Here are some potential identifying features of our bus.
- White Max Air Vent on top
- Silver circular vent on driver’s side near the gas cap
- Passenger side view mirror missing a top third of the mirror
- Windshield crack/ding on the passenger side
- House door on the passenger side with glass, painted blue
- Back-up cam on the bumper
- Back bumper dented/dinged on the passenger side
- White wood block for hanging exterior lights to the left of the passenger door and above the back door