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UPDATE: Employees at Powerlift Foundation Repair confirmed to KSN News that three of the remaining trucks stolen over the weekend were recovered Monday night.
The three trucks were abandoned in an alley in the 900 block of S. Market. The windows were smashed out.
Several radio stereos and equipment were reported missing.
Police recovered one truck Monday morning in 1200 block of N. Broadway.
A resident nearby recognized the vehicles and notified police after seeing the story aired on KSN News at 5 p.m.
WICHITA, Kansas –– The vehicle theft happened at Powerlift Foundation Repair near Beechcraft in the 600 block of N. Beech.
Four trucks were reported stolen Sunday evening, and one truck was recovered Monday, but police still need your help to spot the other three vehicles.
Having a “no trespassing” sign on the gate didn’t stop someone from breaking into this foundation repair business over the weekend.
“We were shocked when we pulled in the truck and the gate last night, ” said Manager Mark Allen, Powerlift Foundation Repair. “We seen all the trucks gone.”
Manager Mark Allen received a call from Wichita Police Sunday evening alerting him that four of the company trucks parked in the lot were stolen.
A neighbor called police after seeing the gate was left opened.
“We’ve been here almost 20 years at this location,” said Allen. “It’s the first time we had our vehicles stolen.”
Police tell KSN News they’re not sure how many people were involved in the theft, but whoever it was knew what they were doing.
The thief broke into the business, managed to remove the master lock, opened the gate, and drove off with four trucks.
“These are special trucks for work so they will be distinctive as well. They have the markings on the side,” said Lt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police Department. “We would like to get this recovered for the business owner.”
The stolen trucks are all red Chevy 3500 on ton 2 door truck model with year models ranging from 2000 to 2006.
- 2004 red Chevy 3500 one ton 2 door truck, VIN 1GBJC39G54E223189, with tag number 094BKZ
- 2000 red Chevy 3500 one ton 2 door truck, VIN1GBKC34J9YF450067, with tag number 681EVT
- 2006 red Chevy 3500 one ton 2 door truck, VIN 1GBJC33G26F265776, with tag number 682EVT
- 2006 red Chevy 3500, one ton 2 door truck,VIN1GBJC33G76F200129, with tag number 905EEG
“They had some other equipment on the back of them pumps and lifting stuff,” said Allen. “We would like to get them back.”
Business operations had to be shut down Monday, but Allen tells KSN News they were able to bring in additional crews from out of state to keep up with repair work.
“We use the trucks to pull our trailers to the jobs and stuff take them to the location,” said Allen. “They’re heavy duty trucks.”
Allen and his crews are hoping that with the help from the community someone will spot the trucks and notify police.
Police recovered one of the stolen vehicles in the 1200 block of N. Broadway thanks to a tip Monday.
A 24-year-old Wichita man was questioned and he told police someone gave him the truck.
He was later arrested and booked on charges of burglary, theft, and possession of a stolen item.