But he was back at work Thursday with his own tools in hand.
Dial's truck may look enticing to a thief. But it turns out it is a big noisy diesel, not exactly a set of hot wheels and that might have been to his advantage.
Monday night the truck had been parked behind the family's home, guarded with spotlights.
Police found it Wednesday in north St. Louis, unscathed.
"To my astonishment there was nothing wrong with it and when I opened the door everything was in the same place it was when I left that night before,” said Eric. “Lunch box, tools, you everything, I just couldn't believe it. It was a miracle."
The family carried insurance but not enough to replace a 20 year old tool collection Dial uses as a remodeling carpenter.
Eric’s wife Jami Dial says they were in shock when the truck and tools turned up.
“We actually prayed for the person that took the truck in the first place whatever their situation was that God will look after them and provide for them whatever reason they felt they needed to steal the truck. So we really believe it was God and we give him the glory for that," she stated.
They are looking into an alarm system and hope to beef up their insurance coverage.
“I don't know how they got in it. I thought I locked it maybe I didn't lock it. I really don't know I have no clue," said Eric.
“It still had a full tank of gas so with gas being high that was even a blessing that they hadn't ran it out of gas," said Jami.
The Dial's are thankful for the emails and offers of help they received after FOX 2 first told their story earlier this week. And now the roller coaster is starting to level out.