Stolen truck re­cov­ered in Cal­gary

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With a num­ber of thefts hap­pen­ing through­out the area, one area res­i­dent was able to have their ve­hi­cle re­cov­ered.

It ap­pears that there has been a flood of stolen ve­hi­cles in the prov­ince and the first place peo­ple of­ten learn about it is on so­cial me­dia. On Au­gust 11, Christa Dutchik posted a photo of her 2006 Du­ra­max truck taken from a yard in the Car­bon area.

Last week she learned that it had been found in Cal­gary.

“Cal­gary Po­lice re­cov­ered it on Septem­ber 1 and we went to pick it up on Satur­day,” she tells The Mail. “We still don’t know who had it, but we know the gen­tle­man who came into the farm where it was parked at. He went to jail three weeks ago so we fig­ured we would never see our truck again.”

It ap­pears the per­son who had the truck was us­ing it as a per­sonal ve­hi­cle and may have been us­ing it to com­mit more prop­erty crimes she ex­plains.

She learned the po­lice lo­cated the truck in a drive­way at a Cal­gary res­i­dence. They ran the plate and towed it to im­pound. There they were able to de­ter­mine it was her truck.

While she is not sure if her so­cial me­dia post­ing about her miss­ing truck con­trib­uted to the re­cov­ery or led to tips, it cer­tainly helped de­liver the mes­sage of her miss­ing ve­hi­cle.

“I had over 400 shares. I don’t know the rea­son the po- lice went to his res­i­dence,” she said.

She is thank­ful to those who showed sup­port by help­ing spread the word.

“Peo­ple were amaz­ing, I don’t even have that many friends on Face­book, and so I was quite grate­ful. With Face­book there is a lot of neg­a­tive things said about it, but there are a lot of pos­i­tives.”

While the truck was re­cov­ered, it was not without some dam­ages in­clud­ing scratches and dents and a bro­ken grill. They also painted the rims to pos­si­bly help dis­guise the ve­hi­cle.

For her, the theft was an eye­opener.

“Now that it has hap­pened to us, I re­al­ize how bad it is out there right now, how much this has been hap­pen­ing. It seems like every­one un­der the sun has had some­thing stolen from them, whether it be a ve­hi­cle or some­thing from their yard it’s ram­pant,” she said.

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