SEARSPORT, Maine — The antique 2-ton dump truck had sat in the yard on the Mount Ephraim Road so long that vines had twined around it, but it had plenty of sentimental value for the owners.
So when thieves apparently snuck onto the property recently to steal the early 1940s Chevrolet truck, the crime didn’t go unnoticed.
“People are stealing anything that’s not nailed down,” Officer Eric Bonney of the Searsport Police Department said Thursday. “If it doesn’t look roadworthy, people are going to steal it from you. It’s unbelievable.”
The owner of the truck, who inherited it from his now-deceased father, reported the crime to police earlier this week. He said it had apparently been taken when the family was out-of-state for a graduation for a few days.
When they returned home, they noticed a lot of tire tracks had carved up their lawn, and followed them back to where the truck had been parked as a landscaping feature for years and years.
But the dump truck had disappeared.
Bonney said he is now trying to track down where the thieves have taken it and is asking for help from the public.
“Somebody would remember a vintage old vehicle like that,” he said.
The truck was faded green with a dump body that originally had been red but had turned to rust-color over the years.
The officer surmised that the thieves stole the truck for its scrap metal value, which he estimated at between $550 and $750.
Aside from the dump truck, nothing else was taken from the property, Bonney said.
According to recent police reports from around Waldo County, there have been several vehicle thefts recently, including a 1996 Volvo that was found at a recycling facility in Bangor.
“Anything you don’t want stolen, lock it up,” Bonney said. “People are grabbing anything they can find to turn it into money. Unfortunately, the police can’t be everywhere, even though we wish we could.”
Anyone with information about the missing truck is asked to call the Searsport Police Department at 548-2304.