A worker’s truck was stolen within hours of his arrival in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A railroad worker had been in Kansas City for just two hours when his truck was stolen overnight early Monday morning.
In the 48 hours that followed, the truck was spotted everywhere from Liberty to Grandview and was part of police pursuits and numerous reported crimes.
The man, who asked to be referred to only as Kevin, lives in Indiana.
He checked into a Kansas City hotel outside the Liberty late Sunday night. But when he went to his truck Monday morning, it was gone.
Kevin says those who were able to watch the surveillance video told him the theft happened within two hours of him parking the car.
“I went out to get my hard hat from my truck, but my truck was gone, and I wondered where my truck was,” he explained.
He posted photos in the Stolen KC Facebook group that day. Within hours there was another post from someone else looking for that truck for a completely different reason.
A woman posted that her Mercedes GLC 300 was stolen in Grandview with her debit card inside.
“Then they went to Raytown, Missouri in my truck with her card and tried to buy lottery tickets with her debit card,” she said.
The Mercedes that may have been stolen by the car thief has since been recovered, but Kevin’s truck has not. He doesn’t just rely on social media to find him. He took time off work to try to track it down himself.
“I’ve spent the last 20 hours driving,” he said.
Tuesday night when he arrived at the scene on Truman under Blue Ridge Boulevard, he spotted the truck.
He explained: “I saw it and a group of policemen and a tow truck driver saw it and the policemen tried to remove it, but they made a mistake and then chased it and lost it.”
With no plans on how he will get home without his truck, he hopes someone will recognize it and call the police. It is a black and tan 2006 Ford F-250 King Ranch with a tow hitch. It has 20-inch wheels and Nitto Recon Grappler tires. If not replaced, it will have Indiana license plates TK789OIU.
He says the whole experience has ruined his view of Kansas City, or at least the handful of car thieves who wreak havoc on the lives of dozens of people in the Kansas City metro every day.
“They need to know how to get their own things and work for their lives, and not take from others who are already working,” he said.
FOX4 has blurred the face of the possible suspect in this post, because at this time the person has not been charged and police have not released any information that they are looking for him.