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Stolen SWAT truck recovered

By KSL.com | Posted - Nov. 26, 2010 at 3:50 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Salt Lake City Police Department are currently looking for who might have briefly stolen one of its unmarked SWAT vehicles.

The vehicle was taken from Farmington sometime between 10 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday. Salt Lake police Detective Rick Wall says police recovered the truck at 1850 S. 1100 West in Woods Cross Friday morning. Police believe it was left there sometime between 3:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

Investigators aren't sure how the thief got into the vehicle since none of its windows were broken. "There was no sign of a forced entry and all the equipment was there," Salt Lake police Lt. Isaac Atencio said.

He said the vehicle looked like it could have been a work truck or some computer service vehicle and that identifiers like the police lights were "pretty subdued."

Atencio said one resident in the area left her home to do some Black Friday shopping around 3 a.m. and didn't see the vehicle, but another resident said it was there around 8:30 a.m. There were some footprints near the vehicle, and police let bloodhounds loose in the area, but both leads led to little information.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident and are asking that anyone with information call them at 801-799-3000.

"It's a strange situation," Atencio said. "We're just really thankful the vehicle was located as quickly as it was and that all the equipment was still in the vehicle."

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Story written with contributions from Sandra Yi, Emiley Morgan and Brian Martin .

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