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Tarrant County Charity Wants Stolen Truck Back

Theives took the truck over the weekend, leaving the charity shorthanded



    Tarrant County Charity Truck Stolen

    A Tarrant County charity is asking for help after its truck was stolen sometime over the weekend on Keller Hicks Road near Denton Highway. (Published Wednesday, July 17, 2013)

    A Tarrant County charity is asking for the public's help after someone stole a key part of its operation.

    The theft happened sometime between Saturday night and Monday morning on Keller Hicks Road, near Denton Highway.

    Every day, people stop at The Community Storehouse to drop off donations that are used to help students in the Keller and Northwest school districts.

    Barbara Board, executive director, said the program helps children experiencing emergency situations such as the loss of a parent, a terminal illness or loss of income in the household.

    But now the charity finds itself in a near emergency after someone rammed its gate and took off with its 26-foot long moving truck.

    The former U-Haul truck is dressed up with very clear markings on the side.

    "Someone should see the truck; they're pretty well decorated," pantry manager Bill Lytle said.

    "We really and truly just don't have the income for me to go out and purchase another truck," Board said. "It did have insurance on it, but to replace it like that would cost a lot more than the insurance coverage is on it, and so I'm just at a loss right now."

    The stolen truck, which is worth $3,000, serves as a vital part of the charity's operation. It helps pick up and move donations, including pallets food into and out of their food pantry.

    "We can go and pick up like six pallets at a time and get it back over to the pantry, so it makes it really difficult when we're down to one vehicle," Lytle said.

    Fort Worth police are investigating the theft. The charity hopes that someone will spot the truck and give them a call.