BELTON (December 5, 2013) Police agencies throughout Central Texas were searching Thursday for a stolen truck that belongs to the City of Gatesville.
Gatesville City Manager Roger Mumby confirmed Thursday morning the truck was taken from a driveway in Belton overnight Wednesday but he could not provide exact details.
In a broadcast sent to area law enforcement agencies Belton police said the items in the truck included keys, two rifles, two chain saws and a wallet.
Gatesville Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Fred Weaver told News 10 Thursday the employee driving the truck said he had stopped by his parent's home and picked up a Ruger model R-700 and a Ruger model R-77 rifle that he planned to use this weekend on a hunting trip and failed to take them out of the truck when he got home.
The chain saws also were personal property, Weaver said.
Weaver said it is against city policy to have any type of firearm inside a city-owned vehicle.
He did say the truck, a 2009 Ford F-250 pickup, is assigned as the "on-call" vehicle for the water and sewer department in Gatesville.
The truck has Texas Exempt license plate number 1064862.
The employee on call overnight lives in Belton and that's why the truck was there, Mumby said.
The truck is described as a white, single-cab pickup with City of Gatesville signs on either side.