Steve Porter, 816-607-2152
KANSAS CITY - A MoDOT Motorist Assist truck was stolen early this morning and recovered only minutes later, minus a hand-held radio programmed only for Kansas City Police and MoDOT frequencies.
MoDOT is asking for the public's help in recovering the radio, which has been deactivated by Police and will not receive or transmit radio calls.
MoDOT Incident Management Coordinator Rusty James said that alert and quick response by Kansas City Scout operators and Kansas City Police helped track down and recover the truck. "Kansas City Scout operators on duty saw that the truck was moving using the GPS equipment on the truck," James said. "The GPS signal helped police quickly locate the truck just north of 24th and Lawn, in Kansas City, only a few blocks from Motorist Assist's 18th Street complex. The suspect fled before police arrived."James said the thief drove through and destroyed a gate at the Motorist Assist facility and extensively damaged the truck. Several other items were removed from the truck.
"We would really like to get this radio back," James said. "The radio is expensive to replace but is of no value to anyone else." If anyone has information regarding this theft or the missing radio, they are urged to call James at 816-985-7466. For more information about other MoDOT projects, please visit MoDOT's Website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter or send questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. We want your feedback on our work zones! Rate Our Work Zones at www.modot.org/kansascity