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Coyote dumps stolen truck in pasture near Three Oaks
Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) believe that a stolen truck recovered June 11 off C.R. 207 near the Atascosa County line was used in human smuggling activities.
DPS Sgt. Lynn Floyd said that he and Trooper Harold Estep responded to the scene after a property owner said they found the 2006 GMC Sierra four-door pickup truck dumped in their pasture behind an area of fence that had been cut. Floyd said the truck’s back seat was missing, all four rims were bent, and the tires were damaged.
The truck was reported stolen out of San Antonio just three days before, but Floyd said smugglers -- also referred to as “coyotes” -- could have used the truck to transport as many as four loads of illegal immigrants throughout the area during that time. This is why owners of full-sized sport-utility vehicles and crew-cab pickup trucks are urged to remain vigilant, as these types of vehicles are prime targets for thieves who then use the vehicles to smuggle humans and narcotics.
Floyd reminds residents to immediately report suspicious people, vehicles, or activity to their local law-enforcement agency.
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