Police still looking for $40,000 tractor stolen from Union

Posted May 04, 2012, at 6:23 p.m.

UNION, Maine — Maine State Police have released a new surveillance photo as they continue to look for a $40,000 tractor stolen March 19 from Union Farm Equipment on Route 17.

The photo taken from a nearby gas station shows the 2011 Kubota tractor on the back of a red ramp truck as it passes the station along Route 17.

The Kubota model L45, which has a bucket loader on the front and a backhoe on the rear, was stolen from Union Farm Equipment about 2 a.m., according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Trooper Jeremiah Westbrock indicated in his report that a man jumped the fence, started the tractor and then used the bucket to ram through the front gate before driving the tractor onto the ramp truck.

A motorist on Route 17 later reported seeing the ramp truck with the tractor on it driving toward Augusta about 2:20 a.m., according to McCausland.

The theft was discovered when workers arrived at the dealership later that morning.

Anyone with information about the theft or the location of the tractor is asked to call state police at 800-452-4664.