Denver, NC – A vehicle left running parked outside the Quick Trip on NC Highway 73 was stolen while the owner was inside the store.
Deputies were dispatched to the store around 2:00 p.m. on March 31, 2020 after the owner, Mark Allen Hayes, called to report the vehicle being stolen. He told officers he left the truck running while he went inside to make a purchase. He said he was away from the vehicle for about 5 to 10 minutes.
The vehicle is described as a gray 2012 Ford F350 with a flat bed. The truck has a South Dakota registration plate of 1AW323. There was also a Lincoln welder and accessories, a tool box containing assorted tools, a cooler, and items of clothing, on the bed of the truck. The value of the truck and stolen items was estimated at more than $47,000.
Convenience store video shows a van pull up next to the truck and the passenger gets out of the vehicle and looks into the truck. The driver of the van then went inside the store. When he returns the passenger got into the Ford F350 and drove away in an unknown direction. A BOLO was given to surrounding counties and the truck was entered NCIC as stolen.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the vehicle is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.