Stolen moon jump deflates man's business dreams

Ricardo Vanegas said thieves stole a moon jump belonging to his business

An Elsa man wants his stolen moon jump returned.

Ricardo Vanegas decided to start a small business renting moon jumps and inflatable water slides so he could quit his day job as a construction worker.

Everybody likes moon jumps, he said.

The idea came when he realized all his family members and friends would fork over hundreds of dollars to rent them for kids entertainment at birthday parties and get-togethers.

It just seems logical to try to into it and rent it out, Vanegas said.

He saved more than $10,000 to buy three moon jumps to start his company, Zero Gravity Jumps, and planned to buy two water slides in the near future.

His prized possession was the Tiki Island.

It TMs very colorful and very large, Vanega said.

He only had it for a month when someone stole it and the trailer it was stored in, Sunday night.

It gets you mad because I worked for that, he said. I TMm trying to start something new so I don TMt have to work 40 hours a week.

The inflatable house cost Vanegas $8,500 and was shipped from California.

I didn TMt find anybody that had something like it, it is very unique, Vanegas said.

And not only is he out thousands of dollars, Vanegas has had to cancel reservations for clients who wanted to rent the one of a kind party accessory.

According to the Hidalgo County Sheriff TMs department a total of five moon jumps have been stolen over the past year, none of which have been recovered.

Vanegas is hoping someone will come forward with information.

It TMs not fair for someone to steal what I worked hard to get, he said.

If you have any information about the stolen moon jump contact the Hidalgo County Sheriff TMs department at 956-383-8114.

Vanegas is also offering a $400 reward for information leading to the moon jumps recovery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Vanegas at

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