STANFORD, Ky. (WKYT) - Police in southern Kentucky found the truck they say was stolen December 28, 2017, from a Lincoln County gas station.
A driver who was filling up his truck at a Murphy gas station in Stanford went inside to the restroom while the vehicle was running. Police say a masked man took advantage of the opportunity.
"Removed the gas nozzle from the truck, hung it back up, jumped in the driver's seat and took off," said Preston Middleton with the Stanford Police Department.
Police say the truck was discovered on Osborne Road on the Rockcastle County line. Stanford Police now have the truck. There has been no word on if any equipment was stolen from the truck. Police have not said if anyone has been arrested in connection with the crime.
This was the second incident in the region this week of thieves taking off in running cars. A teenager stole a pickup truck in Laurel County on Tuesday before leading police on a chase. Investigators say crimes like this are preventable. They also want to remind people that leaving a car running unattended is against state law.
"But that law was put into place to protect you as a member of society, so someone does not steal your car," Middleton added.
Police say the truck was last seen heading south on 27. It is a Chevy Silverado with a box on the back and lettering for sewer line repair and replacement.
Members of law enforcement will often leave their cruisers running while unattended, but they have safeguards in place to keep them from being stolen.