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Stolen trucks recovered in Palo Alto

January 30, 2013
Estherville Daily News

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office has recovered two stolen vehicles this week.

Acting on a repot of a trapper about a vehicle in the Des Moines River, Palo Alto County deputies recovered the stolen 2005 Dodge Ram truck that was taken from the 1500 block of South Street in Ayrshire on Monday. The truck was located in the 2900 block of River Road on the west side of the river.

The truck was driven to the river's edge and allowed to go over the river bank nose first. It did not roll or flip and there was no damage from water.

However there was damage to the front drive side and undercarriage of the truck from being placed in the river. There was also extensive damage to the rear of the truck. It is believe d this damage was sustained in the incident at Sparky's in Mallard on Monday, when a vehicle was seen ramming the west wall of the gas station.

The truck was examined and items located inside will be sent to the Department of Criminal Investigation Lab in Ankeny for testing.

The truck sustained an estimated $8,500 in damage.

Wednesday morning at 7:45, the Palo Alto Sheriff Office received a call from a concerned citizen in reference to a truck sitting in a field in the 2900 block of 435th Avenue.

While investigating the call, it was determined the truck, a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500, was stolen from the 400 block of North Brown in Graettinger. The truck had damage to the front bumper and sustained scratched to the paint on the passenger side-approximately $3,500 in damage.

Addition investigation of the truck owner's home reveled it had been ransacked after breaking in the front door. At this time, it is unknown if anything was taken from the truck r house.

The incident occurred in a 24-hour period starting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.

This is the second vehicle stolen in the past three days in Palo Alto County and the sixth burglary. She sheriff's office reminds all county residents to remove all keys and to lock both vehicles and homes. Citizens are asked to report any suspicious activity while it is taking place or as soon as possible.

Any information about these crimes can be reported to the sheriff's office at 712-852-3535.



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