Stephenville police are searching for brazen burglar(s) following a theft Thursday afternoon. The victims in this case are city taxpayers and those charged with protecting citizens’ health and safety following the burglary of a city fire truck.
According to Police Chief Roy Halsell, firefighters had parked the fire truck on the west side of HEB on W. Washington Street about 4:45 p.m. and entered the grocery store. When the firefighters returned less than an hour later, they discovered that the truck had been burglarized.
“When they came out (of the store) the radio was missing,” Halsell said, explaining that the two-way communication device had been mounted inside of the truck when they entered the store.
“The thief (or thieves) had removed the bolts, mount, radio and microphone,” Halsell said.
Fire Chief Jimmy Chew said emergency personnel each carry portable radios meaning the city will not be down a truck waiting for the radio to be replaced. Chew said the truck’s radio has “a longer reception range” than the hand held devices, but said communication should not be an issue since the walkie talkies are available and the truck “doesn’t leave the city.”
Chew said he doesn’t recall a similar case.
“As long as I can remember, I don’t think we have ever had anything stolen from a fire truck,” Chew said.
Halsell estimated the radio, which he believed to been an older model, had an estimated value of $1,500. Burglary of a vehicle is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $4,000.
Anyone with information about this offense or any other crime should call Crime Stoppers at 254-965-CASH (2274), or leave a tip through stephenvillepolice.org under Crime Stoppers heading. Callers will not be asked to give their name and they will remain anonymous.