A Grosse Pointe Public School maintenance truck is being analyzed for evidence after it was stolen from Parcells Middle School March 29, Grosse Pointe Woods police Sgt. Raymond Yonkowski said.
The truck was in a parking lot behind the school and taken during the school day. School officials were trying to see if they had video surveillance to share with investigators but there were no immediate witnesses to the crime, Yonkowski said.
A short time before the truck was stolen school officials reported seeing someone they considered suspicious walking through the lot but it is unknown whether that person was involved, he said.
"It is an odd vehicle to be stolen," Yonkowski said, explaining the trailer was stolen along with the truck.
Members of the Arrest Car Thieves in Our Neighborhood task force found the truck parked near East Grand Boulevard and Concord in Detroit, Yonkowski said. The team found the truck without any damage and suspected that a person would come out to drive it again, so they performed surveillance for several hours, he said.
Unfortunately no one ever came out to use the truck, so it was towed from the scene for evidence processing, Yonkowski said.
The truck will be returned to the district after the processing is finished, he said. The trailer and lawn mowers are still missing but their serial numbers and information have been entered into a police database, Yonkowski said.