Landscaping Truck Stolen in Decatur

The employees said they left the GMC truck running with the doors unlocked.

Decatur police said a landscaping truck was stolen from the College Heights Early Learning Center and recovered the same day--minus thousands of dollars in equipment.

Two employees of Earth Care Landscaping told Decatur police they were working the afternoon of Jan. 8 in the south parking lot of the learning center.

The employees said they were moving back and forth to the company's 2003 GMC W3500 truck every few minutes so they left the motor running and the doors unlocked. About 1:35 p.m., they noticed the truck was missing.

The truck was equipped with a GPS locator and Atlanta police quickly found it at 1190 Willmington Ave. in Atlanta, but the landscaping equipment had been removed, the police report said.

Listed as missing was a mower worth $15,000, two weed eaters worth $800, two blowers worth $900, a chainsaw worth $500, a pole saw worth $600 and a trimmer worth $400. The employees also lost a wallet and an iPhone.

Decatur police are also investigating the Jan. 8 theft of a black 1988 Chevrolet S10 pickup from the DeKalb County parking deck on West Trinity Place. A man parked the truck about 8 a.m. and discovered it missing at 12:30 p.m.





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