Thieves steal business owner's tiny house in Springfield

Published: Jul. 8, 2017 at 9:01 PM CDT
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Shoplifting is nothing new, but one local business owner arrived at work today to find out her entire shop was stolen.

Surveillance images show how thieves drove away with it, lock, stock and barrel. The images found so far are too grainy to determine the vehicle type and needs further investigation.

Detectives plan to investigate and find more information on Monday.

Even though it's a tiny house, the Front Porch Boutique is still hard to miss, that's why the owner parked it at the Battlefield Mall. The boutique's store is in Rolla, Mo. and travels with merchandise for different events.

"By leaving it here, I thought number one they've told me this is the busiest intersection in Springfield, so I just thought you know it was more advertisement," owner Lisa Stubblefield said.

But when Stubblefield went to open up her shop for the busy Food Truck Showdown today, she didn't expect what was next.

"I showed up at 8:30 this morning to open my doors and it was gone," she said.

"Who would have the nerve to take it, I mean it's in the middle of you know the city, so there was never any concern with the mall," Stubblefield said.

Now she's on the hunt for the thieves who took her tiny house filled with merchandise.

"I've been going business to business, all the businesses across the street, or any proximity to this, that's very close, just to see if they would have footage of the people taking it, or where it might have went," Stubblefield said.

Stubblefield got her hands on surveillance images taken at around 10 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2017, headed west on Battlefield Road, even though they're grainy she hopes somebody might recognize the vehicle involved, so she can be back in her mobile boutique business soon.

"I just would have never thought that someone would try to hook up to it and take it somewhere," Stubblefield said. "Hopefully, it'll be in the same condition that it was before, and really we just want it returned, so we can use it for our other upcoming events, and help grow our small business."

The surveillance images appear to show that the signage on the side of the building was taken down to hide its origin.

If you see the tiny house, please call law enforcement.