The rumble of a U-Haul truck should have been the sound of a fresh start for Nickalaus Close and his girlfriend Sarah.

“My hopes were high,” said Nick. “I got a good job with my brother at a fab shop. We were making honey extractors. And Sarah had an opportunity to be a real estate agent with my brother’s wife. And things were looking up…and then we rented a U-Haul.”

In the final stages of relocating to southern Utah, the couple rented a U-Haul in St. George to spend Christmas in Las Vegas with Sarah’s family.

Nick, who was driving with Sarah’s father, stopped at a 7-Eleven to gas up the truck on their way to Christmas dinner.

“I was waiting at the dinner table, calling them over and over and over again, and they were not picking up,” said Sarah. “And nobody knew what happened to them.”

After a few hours, “I got a phone call from Nick from jail saying that he was pulled over for stolen plates on a U-Haul that we just rented,” she said.

Unbeknownst to Nick, the license plate on the truck didn’t match the one on his contract.

“You wouldn’t think something like this would happen,” said Paul Matt, Sarah’s father. “How could this be a fictitious plate?”

Henderson Police spotted the truck, ran the plate, and saw that it came up stolen. Nick and Paul were immediately arrested.

Police records show the two men were arrested and charged with displaying a fictitious plate.