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“Most people spend the morning opening gifts…”
A Laredo man was taken in for questioning by Dilley police shortly before 11 a.m. Christmas Day when he stopped at a local station to refuel a work truck that had been reported stolen from San Ygnacio.
Reports had been filed in Zapata County on Thursday, December 24, when representatives of the ArchRock company noticed that one of their work trucks equipped with a toolbox bed and bearing company logos was missing.
According to the Dilley Police Department, the work truck had been stolen at 1 a.m. on Christmas Eve and was spotted at the Dilley Truck Stop on the corner of IH-35 and FM 117 Friday morning. The vehicle had traveled 120 miles.
Officers were assisted in locating the stolen truck by its onboard GPS tracking device, according to the Dilley PD, and police saw the vehicle parked at the truck stop but noticed that its driver was not wearing a construction company uniform.
“The vehicle was last seen on GPS in Frio County,” Officer Angel Esparza said of the stolen truck. “Our officers were on patrol and saw it at the gas station.
“Most people spend the morning opening gifts, but this company had the gift of having its truck returned,” Ofc. Esparza said.
The driver’s identity has been withheld pending charges. The Dilley PD has indicated it is collecting statements from the parties involved in the case.