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Woman: Truck stolen from parking lot near Oregon Zoo

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A Battle Ground woman is asking for the public's help to find her missing truck that was stolen from the parking lot near the Oregon Zoo, she said.

Amber Pillsbury told FOX 12 that her 1998 blue Ford F-250 was stolen from the parking lot sometime between noon and 4 p.m. on Monday. She had gone to the zoo with her husband, two kids, their grandparents and a niece. The truck has a white hood and a white front passenger quarter panel. It has Washington license plates with the number: B02714G, she said.

Pillsbury's family parked in a spot in row 12, which is just a short walk away from the zoo's main entrance, she said. Her family made it through every exhibit in about four hours.

"The kids had a blast, an absolute blast," Pillsbury said. "And we were all dog tired. Come out there and our feet are hurting and the baby's car seat ... can't wait to get into the car, the truck. And it's gone."

Pillsbury started to panic, she said. A security guard drove her husband around the parking lot, but their truck was nowhere to be found, she added. 

The doors on the truck were locked and the tinted windows were rolled up, so it would have been difficult to see the two car seats, a diaper bag and some fishing poles inside, Pillsbury said.

"It's a big truck. The tires are big, so you'd have to climb up on the rail to look into the truck to see if there's anything of value, anything at all," Pillsbury said. "So it was definitely something that was noticeable."

Pillsbury has posted ads on Craigslist and Facebook in hopes that someone saw something suspicious at around the time her truck was stolen and comes forward, she said.

Her biggest worry is her son's first day of kindergarten this Friday, she said. 

"That was his first question ... 'How am I going to get to school?'" Pillsbury said.

Pillsbury's husband recently got a used car for work, but it isn't safe for car seats, she said. Her family can't afford to replace the missing truck, she added. 

Pillsbury is now offering a small reward for information about where her truck might be.

"It's a hit. It's a really big hit," Pillsbury said. "I don't know why somebody would go to the zoo and target somebody at the zoo."

A spokesman for the Oregon Zoo said the parking lot where Pillsbury's truck was reportedly stolen is patrolled by security.

Portland police said it's never a good idea to leave belongings out in plain sight inside your vehicle when you park in a public area.

If you have any information about Pillsbury's truck, call her at (360) 773-2897 or Portland police.

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