KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 18, 2007 – Thanks to a tip from an observant maintenance employee at a downtown Atlanta apartment complex, police have successfully recovered a Kissimmee Utility Authority equipment trailer and pickup truck stolen Saturday night from an Atlanta hotel parking lot.
The trailer was found late Monday in the parking lot of the Chamberlain Apartments at 419 Chamberlain Street SE. The truck was recovered Tuesday evening at the same apartment complex. Some equipment had been taken from the trailer and the truck incurred minor damage.
The apartment complex is across the street from the gravesite of Martin Luther King, Jr. and 1.5 miles away from the hotel where it was taken.
KUA crews were in Atlanta last weekend with the truck and trailer participating in the seventh annual APPA Public Power Lineworkers’ Rodeo in nearby Marietta. Just hours after competing in the competition, thieves made off with the trailer and a pickup truck belonging to an employee who was towing the trailer. The truck and trailer had been secured overnight in a parking lot across the street from a downtown Atlanta hotel where the crews were staying.
Two KUA employees are in Georgia today to bring the vehicles back to Kissimmee.
The American Public Power Association (www.appanet.org) is the national service organization representing the nation’s more than 2,000 community- and state-owned electric utilities.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent