Killeen: Farmer wants justice after truck, tools stolen

The theft of the 2013 White Ram 3500 dually was discovered on Dec. 13. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Bannister)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) This Christmas was one Killeen farmer Jennifer Bannister would rather forget.

On the morning Dec.13 she and her family, the owners of Big Blue Sky Farm, woke up to find their work truck and many of their tools missing.

“I was so preoccupied with trying to find my truck and my stuff to where I never put up a Christmas tree in my house this year,” she said.

From air compressors, hand tools, saws, drills and a gas-powered post driver, the loss of the items made business difficult to continue.

“Every time we go to do anything for the markets, it’s another tool that’s missing,” she said.

The family immediately filed a police report, but that was only the beginning for the Bannisters.

Three days later, a woman walked into Vera Bank at 2201 East Stan Schlueter Loop and tried to cash a $1,700 check from Bannister’s checkbook, which had been left in the truck.

The transaction was caught on camera.

“She was already gone by the time we got there,” Bannister said.

“I thought we had the woman now that there’s surveillance footage of her.”

But she says Killeen police have done little to find the truck and tools or the person who took them.

“I’m coming to terms with the fact that we’re probably not going to get our stuff back,” she said.

The Killeen Police Department had no immediate comment.

Bannister says she only wants this woman brought to justice.

“She can’t get away with it because then, she’ll do it to somebody else.”