Thieves target 13 state vehicles

Posted on: 4:04 pm, August 21, 2012, by , updated on: 05:08pm, August 21, 2012


OKLAHOMA CITY — A state agency was the target of one or possibly more early morning vandals and burglars.

A lot full of heavy equipment and trucks, all property of the state, were broken into early Tuesday; 13 vehicles were hit by a thief.

State Department of Central Services spokesperson Shelley Reeves said, “There was batteries stolen and there was diesel siphoned from one truck.”

They cut one battery cable after another; from simple work trucks to large equipment, even the car, the suspect didn’t discriminate.

The equipment sits in a locked area at the State Department of Central Services’ auction site.

Some of the vehicles are ready for auction others are still used.

Reeves said, “Some of them are in use, it’s by necessity depending on what project we’re working on.”

As for how someone got in the gated area, they suspect they cut through a fence, giving them free access to all the equipment.

Reeves said, “It’s really unfortunate. Obviously, we’re working hard to figure out what happened.”

Oklahoma City Police are investigating but they believe the batteries were taken around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

As for how much it will cost to repair the trucks, that’s still being investigated.

Reeves is confident crews will be able to quickly fix the trucks.

She said, “I have faith these guys can get them back together and we’re going to get them working just as soon as possible.”

No trucks were taken, only the batteries and diesel.

Police are investigating to see if there may have been any other similar crimes in the area.