SALINA, Kansas – The Kansas Highway Patrol is seeking information on patrol vehicle tampering. This past weekend, some troopers discovered missing or loose lug nuts on their patrol vehicles.
On two particular vehicles, all lug nuts were loose or missing on all four of the tires. On one specific vehicle, one tire had two lug nuts totally removed, three were within two turns of coming off, and the other was within a few turns of coming off. The loosening of the lug nuts occurred while they were parked at the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy on Iron Avenue in Salina, sometime between Monday, April 20 and Friday, April 24. The investigation into the incidents is underway by the Salina Police Department.
“Our agency members have taken an oath of service to the public, and dedicate their lives to serving and protecting those who travel our roadways. I do not want any of our personnel or those we share the roads with to be harmed due to events of this nature,” Colonel Mark Bruce, Superintendent of the Patrol, said.
The Kansas Highway Patrol is seeking any information about these incidents, and would encourage the public to contact them at 785-296-6800.
The patrol is now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved.