Thief steals vehicles from City of Newman corporation yard

Police are on the lookout for someone who stole a pickup truck, a golf-cart like utility truck and a trailer from the city’s corporation yard sometime after Sunday afternoon.

The theft was reported this morning at 7:30 by an employee in the city’s public works department. It appears that the suspect, or suspects, cut open the chain link fence that surrounds the yard, which is at 712 Fresno St. It contains vehicles and heavy equipment used by the city's public works department.

The vehicles were last seen Sunday afternoon, according to Police Chief Adam McGill.

Missing is a 1992 Ford 150 pickup (license Plate 358713 with two circular City of Newman logos on both doors), a black 2009 Big Tex model utility trailer with a loading ramp (license plate 1277344) and a 1998 Kawasaki mule, which does not have a license plate but has a faded City of Newman logo.

The pickup, which apparently had the keys left in it, contained two tool boxes, McGill said. The value of the vehicles was estimated at $4,000.

“It’s frustrating any time one of our residents is a victim of crime,” McGill said. “It’s even more frustrating in this case because as taxpayers all of our residents are victims.”

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call officer Jeremy Cooksey at 862-2902.

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