Woman’s stolen tiny home found near St. Louis – Police

by Kim Boateng Posted on December 19th, 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, USA : Police say they’ve tracked down a tiny home that was stolen in St. Louis.

Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak said detectives found the home Wednesday morning about 30 miles (50 kilometres) from St. Louis in the unincorporated community of House Springs. An anonymous tip led police to the 12-foot-tall (3.66-meter-tall) house.

It’s a dream come true for owner Meghan Panu. Marshak says a towing company will take the house to her free of charge.

Panu reportdly spent two years and nearly $20,000 renovating the home and hoped to move in this spring. She discovered it missing Saturday. It has been on a trailer that was parked at a spot near Refab, a home remodeling supplies business.

There was no word on suspects. Marshak said police continue to investigate.

Early Saturday morning, the house — built on a trailer — was parked near the corner of Michigan and Gravois avenues outside Refab, a popular spot for home remodeling supplies. Panu said she believed someone drove off with the house early Saturday morning.

Panu has been giving updates on her Facebook page since the house disappeared. She had been told it was parked at an Iron Skillet restaurant in Kingdom City, or on an interstate heading toward California.

Panu, a recent graduate of Webster University, had planned to move the house to a lot in the Benton Park West neighborhood and finish the interior in time to move in this spring. The dwellings are growing in popularity among those seeking a more minimalist lifestyle. Panu said her house was designed to be as efficient and sustainable as possible and built with recycled materials.

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