An investigation is underway to identify the suspects responsible for stealing and abandoning three pickups recovered in and around Gillette Monday morning, local law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
The vehicles, believed to have been stolen sometime between May 21 and May 24, were all recovered within 90 minutes of each other, according to Lt. Kelly Alger with the Gillette Police Department (GPD), adding that the precise time they were taken was unclear at the time of the reports.
One vehicle, a 2002 Ford F-150, was found at 8:46 a.m. by a Campbell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputy responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle on Grandview Drive. The vehicle was reported stolen earlier that morning by a 39-year-old male who advised he had last seen the pickup at 7 p.m. the previous evening after he parked it at the Remington Village Apartments on Express Drive, Alger said.
Less than an hour later, CCSO deputies contacted the GPD to report they had found another pickup, running and abandoned, on Redrock Road off of Echeta Road, according to CCSO Quentin Reynolds.
The vehicle, a 2005 Dodge Ram, was found to have been broken into with the ignition damaged from someone starting it with a screwdriver, Reynolds said May 25, adding that deputies learned the pickup had been reported stolen from 4T Pawn on Lakeway Road by the 62-year-old female owner.
Both vehicles were turned over to the GPD for investigation, he continued.
At 9:55 a.m., GPD officers recovered a 2002 Ford F-250 near Lakeway Road and Cedar Street that belonged to a 20-year-old male. The vehicle had been heavily damaged; the suspects had destroyed the dash and tampered with the ignition so the pickup ran without keys, according to Alger, who noted that the suspects had also removed the vehicle’s stereo and a set of speakers from the back seat.
The damage to the F-250 was over $1,000, he said.
As of May 25, it is unclear if the incidents are related and no suspects have been identified, per Alger.
The investigation is ongoing.