Plumber's Study Notes Stolen Ahead of Certification Test, Facebook Post Helps Find Them

Backpack Swiped From Man's Truck in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. - Worry began to set in for one Jacksonville man who noticed a backpack full of study materials had been swiped from his truck. 

After years of studying, Nathan Sheffield sits one test away from becoming a certfiied plumber.

"I've been reading blueprints," Sheffield says.

"I've been roughing it in the slab." 

Sheffield says a thief came close to clogging that career accomplishment.

"I didn't think that whoever stole the backpack would keep it very long," Sheffield says.

Nathan says the backpack and study materials disappeared from his truck in Jacksonville on Sunday.

"All the studies and all the notes I took," Sheffield says.

"You know, I can't sit there and go back to my instructor and say 'Hey man, can you repeat yourself from four years ago because I would really like to highlight those them notes again.'"

Nathan called police and filed a report, but with no footage and no photos, it became clear the investigation was heading down the drain.

"So, I went to the next best thing," Sheffield says.

The plumber's plea landed on a Facebook community page.

"I had people responding left and right. It kind of blew up," Sheffield says.

Less than 24 hours after asking for help, a woman messaged Nathan, telling him his backpack and notes were found -- of all places -- in a bathroom, inside a Jacksonville restaurant.

 "I was looking in dumpsters all around the area," Sheffield says.

"I didn't think it was going to be in a business' bathroom."

Social media helps crack the case for this plumber who remains grateful for a chance to continue working toward his goal.

Sheffield's most recent work can be seen in the movie theater that is under construction near the Bass Pro Shop in southwest Little Rock.

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