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Stolen Truck Recovered

A stolen vehicle is recovered at the old Taylor County Courthouse.

Cold weather is coming and this story is a good reminder, not to warm up your vehicle and leave it unattended.

Two vehicles in Abilene were stolen within 20 minutes of each other during the cold weather last week, while the owners warmed them up in their driveways.

One vehicle was recovered the day of and the other was recovered Tuesday afternoon at an unexpected location.

The stolen truck was spotted across the street from the Law Enforcement Center in downtown Abilene, at the old courthouse.

Three adults were inside, one women and two males. One of the males is on probation, and had just reported to his probation officer inside the old court house.

That's when the truck was spotted by the owner's daughter, who happened to be passing by.

Being so close to the police station, she flagged down an Abilene Police Officer.

The Chief of Police, Stan Standridge, who respond to the call said,

"The morning before Thanksgiving, we had several stolen vehicles within 20 minutes of each other.

The three adults in the truck were detained and taken for questioning, they originally told police that they had borrowed the truck

The Chief added, "Now begins the laborious process of figuring out who acutely stole the truck."

The Chief took the opportunity to issued a warning, because of the cold weather expected at the end of the week

"My simple message to you is, I know everybody wants to have a defrosted car, but do not leave a vehicle unattended, unlocked and running."

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