Updated April 29, 2010 at midnight
Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs police are cooperating with law enforcement agencies in Wyoming after a stolen truck and trailer, loaded with stolen construction equipment, wrecked on the east side of town.
The truck and the trailer were found Saturday near U.S. Highway 40 and Weiss Drive. The truck had driven off the side of the road and the trailer had tipped on its side. There was no driver present when officers arrived. The truck and trailer were towed to an impound lot but were not listed in the national police database as stolen at the time.
Steamboat Springs Police Department Detective Nick Bosick said it appears that on Sunday night, somebody sneaked into the impound lot and tried to set fire to the truck, the trailer and its contents using gasoline. The fire damaged the truck and some items in the bed of the truck but caused only cosmetic damage to the trailer, Bosick said. Nothing else was damaged in the fire.
Since that time, the truck, trailer and construction equipment, including air compressors and expensive power tools, have been reported stolen from oil-well sites in Wyoming. The truck was listed as stolen from Wamsutter, Wyo., about 145 miles from Steamboat. Two county sheriff’s offices in Wyoming are working on the case.
“We’ll do an investigation on our end, but for the most part, we’re going to be assisting those guys with the investigation,” Bosick said. Steamboat detectives will investigate the arson and theft by receiving, but there are no suspects in the case, Bosick said.