Low on gas, stolen truck is found with its tank topped off

July 28, 2008

Buffalo cops want to know who stole it, gassed it up, smashed up its new 14-foot trailer and left it in Meeker

By Lynda Jensen

Gas station clerks in particular are being asked by the Buffalo Police to help solve a miniature mystery of who is responsible for stealing a red 2001 Chevy truck and 14’ silver trailer Tuesday near downtown Buffalo.

The truck was found later that morning southwest of Cokato, minus its trailer – the latter of which was found smashed up and abandoned two miles north of Silver Lake Wednesday in McLeod County.

The truck was originally stolen with a low gas tank at 6:44 a.m., but was found with more gas in it at noon the same day, reported Liet. Bob Harri of Buffalo.

The truck is a Chevrolet crew cab four door pickup truck; stolen complete with a 14-foot silver enclosed trailer.

According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, which assisted in the case, the trailer was new, and contained construction tools. It belonged to Mutt Dog Construction.

The truck received damage to its windshield and steering column, since the ignition was punched out or “hot wired,” so the thief could take the truck without a key.

The truck, which was parked by the Collinwood Township Hall southwest of Cokato (in Meeker County), was coincidentally noticed by a friend of the owner, who was driving past it.

The trailer was found abandoned at an old farm site north of Silver Lake in McLeod County Wednesday.

Anonymous tips are welcome and may be called in at (763) 682-5976. “Any help from the public would be appreciated,” Harri said. To speak with a live person, call during the day; otherwise something may be left on the voicemail overnight at this number, he said.

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