Stolen vehicle recovered
by Sweetwater County Sheriff's Department
January 15, 2013
(Rock Springs, Wyo. - January 15, 2013) The GMC pickup stolen from Clearview Acres west of Rock Springs on January 13 was recovered Monday.
On January 14 Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell issued a bulletin describing the green and tan 1997 GMC extended-cab four-wheel-drive discovered stolen around 8:00 PM on the 13th, asking that the public keep an eye out for the vehicle.
The unoccupied pickup was spotted around 5:30 PM on the 14th northwest of the White Mountain Library near the base of White Mountain. It had sustained a degree of damage and is believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run crash that occurred on Rahonce Drive in Rock Springs not long after it was taken.
Officials said the pickup’s keys were apparently left in the ignition and reminded citizens that doing so is risky.
"Lock up your vehicle and take your keys," Haskell said. "That’s always been a sound practice."
Investigating deputies believe the suspect or suspects kept trying vehicles in the area, looking for an unlocked one with the keys available, a common technique for car thieves.
Anyone with information on the theft and/or the hit and run crash are asked to contact either the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office or the Rock Springs Police Department, as the investigation continues.