Reward offered in theft of truck, equipment at Stephens Concrete

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 21, 2006

A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of a 1982 Chevy service truck and over $5,000 worth of equipment that was taken from Stephens Concrete Inc. early Monday morning.

According to Calvin and Michelle Stephens, owners of Stephens Concrete Inc. located on the Montgomery Highway, employees discovered that a 1982 white Chevy one-ton service truck was missing from the Luverne business location.

Michelle Stephens said that her husband and some of their employees discovered that the truck was missing soon after they arrived Monday morning.

&#8220They started looking around and found truck tracks that were heading north,” she said.

Asst. Police Chief Mickey Powell of the Luverne Police Department came to the business first and began checking the dirt roads that were in close proximity to Stephens Concrete.

Also, Investigator Ronnie White of the Crenshaw County Sheriff's Department assisted in the investigation.

&#8220About a mile down McQueen Road, Asst. Chief Powell found the cable that had been used to tow the service truck from the business's lot,” Stephens said. &#8220It appears that someone pulled the truck down McQueen Road, then unhooked the cable and drove off in the truck.”

Stephens said that, allegedly, at least two people were involved in the taking of the truck.

&#8220The police think they drove it north from there,” she added.

The one-ton Chevy service truck has Stephens Concrete Inc. signs on both doors, which includes the address and phone number of the company.

&#8220It has about $5,000 worth of equipment in the back of the truck,” Stephens said.

This included an air compressor that was bolted down in the back.

&#8220We think that this was done somewhere between midnight and 7 a.m. early Monday,” she said.

Stephens is hoping that someone might have seen someone towing the truck or that they might have seen something out of the ordinary going on around the business's lot early Monday morning.

Stephens asked that anyone with any information should first call 335-5110, then the Luverne Police Department or the Crenshaw County Sheriff's Office.