SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Mike Glover knows a Ford F-250 when he sees one. After all, he and the others at Northeast Diesel in Springfield do work on them all day long.
“That’s 12 of them out here right now,” he counted Tuesday.
But lately, his shop has seen a lot of fear come along with those trucks’ owners.
“She actually log chains… this is her log chain she brought us. She log chains it to the steering wheel, to the right. So if you were to take off with it. You’d just go in a circle,” he showed KOLR10.
And that fear isn’t exactly unwarranted.
You see of the 51 cars and trucks stolen in Springfield this April, 15 of them were Ford F-250s.
Springfield Police say these trucks have been taken from Bass Pro Shops, The Battlefield Mall, OTC, and even a number from Mercy and Cox hospitals.
“It is a strikingly high number,” said Sgt. Travis Wilson, head of the department’s auto theft division.
He says the department suspects one group is behind these thefts.
“Fortunately we’ve made several arrests in those thefts,” he assured.
As for why the group is targeting F-250s?
“A lot of times they steal pickups to commit other crimes. To haul something else they’ve stolen or to get rid of stolen property.”
But auto mechanic and former Ford employee Rick Mawhiney says there are a couple of factors.
“Before ’08 there’s a selected few that had security but most did not,” he said.
Once the door lock is easily broken…
“They could throw a set of plates on there and be gone for months,” Mawhiney said.
“We’ve got a razor wire fence that we keep them in,” Mike Glover said.
And while SPD says its recovered most of the stolen trucks, many are just ready to see this streak end.
“I just wish the thievery would stop,” added Glover