VANDALISM PRECEDES THEFT OF RED CROSS TRUCK

April 2, 2009, 9:56 AM HST · Updated April 2, 10:03 AM
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The American Red Cross is seeking the public’s help in finding the agency’s truck, which was stolen last week from the agency’s office parking lot in Wailuku.  Gail Raikes, the director of the agency’s Maui chapter said the vehicle was taken some time between 6:30 March 25th and 5 a.m. the following morning.

“Our American Red Cross vehicle is used for disaster response and delivery of disaster response supplies.  It helps us to get out into the community to do public education for disaster preparedness.  So without the vehicle, it makes it very difficult for us to go on our response,” said Raikes.

The Red Cross Disaster Response truck seen here is similar to the one stolen from the Maui Red Cross last week. Photo by: Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross.

The Red Cross Disaster Response truck seen here is similar to the one stolen from the Maui Red Cross last week. Photo by: Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross.

Raikes said that while it’s a mystery to her why someone would steal the vehicle, it has been vandalized before.

“In fact, just prior to the vehicle being stolen, I would say within the week before, someone stole the gas cap from the vehicle,” said Raikes.

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Building management helped the agency to replace the gas cap on the afternoon of the 25th by putting a lock on the gas cap.  “Then some time between that evening and the next morning, somebody stole the vehicle,” said Raikes.

“They’ve also stolen our license plate before and the only thing that I can think of-why they might have done that-is to take the registration sticker,” said Raikes.

The vehicles had decals on both the driver-side and passenger doors.  The license plate number is 769-MBC.

Anyone with information on the stolen truck can call the Maui Police Department’s non-emergency number at 244-6400.

(By Wendy OSHER © 2009)

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