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Morristown police looking for leads after stolen tow truck found engulfed in flames



MPD said they found the stolen truck burning Friday morning on River Road in Hamblen County.


HAMBLEN COUNTY, Tenn. — The Morristown Police Department is asking for help in an investigation into a stolen tow truck found engulfed in flames.


According to MPD, officers began investigating a stolen tow truck belonging to Sunset Towing on Thursday, October 1. The company said the truck below was stolen overnight around 10 p.m. and 7:30 a.m.


Officers later found the vehicle burning on River Road in Hamblen County Friday morning.


Police said anyone who saw the truck during those hours is asked to call police at (423) 585-1833. 

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That's a damn shame.  Here, they don't bother burning stolens anymore - haven't for decades - because there's no real investigation done when they're found.  They just make the report and bail.  I believe the only time stolens come under any real scrutiny is if they were involved in a higher crime such as a drive-by shooting or similar..


Back in the 80's it was real common in the Houston area to find burned-out stolens.  I'm not happy about the current soft-on-crime situation but at least there's been one minor benefit from that: salvageable/repairable recovered stolens.



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I know what you mean Richard. Especially for big cities across America, I don't know that it's LE being soft on crime, investigating burned vehicles is a huge and costly (arson) undertaking in a world of low-budget, no-budget and soon to be defunding, stolen vehicles sit at the bottom of the investigative list. That's a tough reality to accept if that's your tow truck, and especially that it's rare (if ever) a suspect is arrested and convicted of the crime.           R.

Randall C. Resch

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