Trio of thefts has victims wondering if there's a connection

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Three vehicle thefts in the span of a week and a half have some of the victims believing the crimes could be connected.

"They just knew if they just got in, opened up the door, drove it off, they had their treasure chest," Shelly Beesley of Mckinney Trailer Rentals said.

That treasure chest was the company's mobile service truck.

Beesley told 3TV it was stolen on Sunday, Jan. 25 in the middle of the afternoon. The business was closed at the time.

"They just broke the driver's door glass, jimmied the ignition, and pulled away, made it look like they almost had the keys. It was really crazy," she said.

The truck was found a few days later abandoned on the Gila Indian Reservation. It was mostly intact, but the costly contents it contained were all stolen.

"Easily $15,000. My mechanic had his whole tool box and all his tools that take years to accumulate, and then we had all the company equipment," she said.

The theft was captured on their security cameras. They handed that video over to police and were waiting to hear back when they saw a news clip about another theft.

Phoenix police had released video of a tow truck and a flat-bed truck driving onto a car lot and stealing a Volkswagen.

"We recognized that truck right away and we said, 'Oh my gosh, OK, here's another theft going on to somebody else, but it was the exact same truck that hit us here,' " Beesley said.

She told 3TV the white flat bed in that video is the same white flat bed they saw in their own surveillance video.

Police told 3TV they're looking into it.

To make things more interesting, three days after Mckinney Trailer Rentals had its truck stolen, a nearby business, PTEC LLC., had the same thing happen.

The company's mobile service truck, which was full of tools and equipment, was also stolen and later found abandoned.

"In this case, we were just about $18,000 worth of tools," said PTEC owner Skip Lake.

In addition to the loss of the truck's contents, Lake says his business also lost revenue while the truck was gone and now, as they work to replace everything that was stolen.

"Plus, the fact that our technicians can't work because they don't have tools or the vehicle to go out and get the work done, and this is how they feed their families," Lake said.

Both businesses believe all three thefts are connected, and they're hoping all this attention leads to the crooks getting caught.

"They're very busy and we need to stop these guys," Beesley said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.


PD: Tow truck used to steal vehicle from Phoenix car lot