OXNARD, Calif. - A stolen utility truck belonging to the Oxnard Fire Department was recovered Tuesday evening by the San Francisco Police Department.
“I think everyone was kind of in shocked that it could have been stolen," said Oxnard Fire Battalion Chief Alex Hamilton. "We didn’t think it was stolen. We actually thought someone probably took it to the city garage or use it to tow equipment for the Fourth of July weekend.”
According to an Oxnard Fire Department official, the truck was recovered in an industrial area of San Francisco.
The inside of the truck was covered in bleach but the vehicle was still in working condition with little damage.
The stake bed truck was stolen from Fire Station #1 on South K Street early Monday morning.
“It seems incredible crazy for someone to steal a fire truck in that area," said Hamilton. “We believe it was stolen sometime between 11:30 Sunday night and 6 a.m. Monday morning."
The truck is a red 2007 F320 Ford stake bed. It has Oxnard Fire logo on the side of the truck with lights on the roof. The vehicle was currently assigned to their training academy.
“We are currently in the process of training 25 new recruits," said Hamilton. "However it is used as a support vehicle when we need to bring additional equipment to a fire scene or if we are sending personal out of town for a wild fire assignment.”
No arrests have been announced in connection to the stolen truck. No other items were stolen.
The Oxnard Fire Department thanked the community for their help spreading the word about the stolen truck.