Georgia Thief Takes 12-ton Dump Truck on 106-mile Journey

July 15, 2011

Authorities say someone stole a 12-ton dump truck from a Columbus business and drove it 106 miles across Georgia before leaving it in a lot near Griffin.

Ricky Catrett, owner of Flat Rock Sand & Gravel, notified police Tuesday morning when he noticed the truck was missing. Catrett said the dump truck was equipped with an advanced GPS tracking device, which showed that it was more than 100 miles away near Griffin.

He told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer the GPS device created a record of the truck’s journey, logging speed and location updates every five minutes. Catrett said the thief never went over the speed limit.

Spalding County sheriff’s investigator Scott Piper said someone apparently tried to spray paint over the company logo on the dump truck, and also left the keys inside.

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