CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Charlotte County deputies need your help tracking down this flatbed truck. It was stolen from a local towing company.
The 2007 Ford F-650 is a real head-turner! It's custom painted with bright flames and gold lettering.
"we had a custom paint job on it with flames and stuff it kind of stood out... it was sort of an in your face kind of truck," says Dennis Clune.
Dennis Clune of Clune's Auto Body Inc. says he got to work Monday and his distinct $70,000 company vehicle was gone!
"We've had trucks sit out there for 25 years. Never had a problem in 25 years," he says.
But in just a matter of minutes, clune says the suspects took off with it. The shop's security cameras captured the whole incident.
"We saw someone at 2:12 in the morning come in and out, I mean literally three minutes they were in and out of here... no broken glass, no nothing so these guys were pros, they knew what they were doing... then the next thing you know you see the back of the truck lights and then a white Ford F-150 follow him out," Clune adds.
Surveillince video from a business down the street shows Clune's flatbed truck driving away, that other pick-up in tow.
"Sick to my stomach you know especially when we paid it off... we had thousands of dollars worth of equipment inside that truck as well," he adds.
Not to mention the sentimental value. Clune says his dad bought it and got it painted just before he passed away.
"It was his pride and joy," Clune says.
While he hopes the suspects return it, if he buys a new one Clune says it certainly won't be so distinct.
"We'll just keep it plain jane so no one has any interest," he adds.
The truck has a Florida tag with the license plate d-6-1-4-9-b. If you have any information on this case, call the Sheriff's Office.