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County dump truck stolen from Precinct 3 yard

By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

Clay County Precinct 3 employees came to work one day last week to find a dump truck missing.

According to theft report provided by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Precinct 3 Commissioner John McGregor reported the truck missing at 7:45 a.m. Monday, July 30. The 1989 Mack bobtail truck is valued at $25,000.

The truck was taken from the Precinct 3 county barn some time between 5 p.m. Thursday, July 26, and 6:30 a.m. Monday.

McGregor believes the truck was taken at night. A man who lives next to the barn, located at 12201 Hwy. 148 S., said he had not seen anyone at the barn during the time that the truck was taken, McGregor reported.

The commissioner said the key to the truck was found were it belonged, in a key box located on the premises. No other items were taken and no damage was done to the property.

With the theft report completed, the sheriff’s office searched the area of FM 174, FM 1288 and FM 173 to Old Joy Shannon Road, as well as FM 172 and the Miller Shores area. The CCSO notified surrounding counties of the missing vehicle.

The truck is white with a Clay County Precinct 3 decal on each side and on the tailgate, and Texas exempt license plates with the tag number 996678. The truck has a white 14-yard dump bed made by Oxford. One of the truck’s front fenders had been repaired with a piece of sheet metal bolted to the fender. The dump bed has a roll off tarp that has been cut off on each side and is tied down with rope.

A side-mount toolbox carried chains, chain boomers and a hammer. The toolbox is located on the passenger’s side, under the bed.

McGregor said the county carries liability insurance on all vehicles that are paid for, which does not cover theft. He is looking for a replacement truck.

The Precinct 3 yard is not fenced off, but will soon have a pipe barrier surrounding the property.


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