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Stolen pink flatbed tow truck 'hard not to notice'

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It isn't exactly a nondescript getaway vehicle.

A pink tow truck was stolen from a locked parking lot, used in another crime and then abandoned -- much to the surprise of Robert Friesen, owner of Roughneck Towing.

The 1989 Ford F-450 flatbed tow truck was stolen late Saturday or early Sunday from the 500 block of Munroe Avenue and used in a break-in on the 1500 block of Dugald Road, where a Bobcat loader was loaded onto the flatbed and stolen.

By Monday afternoon, the tow truck and loader were found near the corner of Inkster and Brookside boulevards.

"(The truck) is hard not to notice," said Friesen, who bought the pink vehicle about six months ago in Thunder Bay.

The truck was parked in a locked compound, but was driven off after a gate was tampered with, he said. The truck's ignition system was damaged.

Friesen said he hopes the unique look of the vehicle will prompt a witness to come forward with information for the police.

"Somebody's going to have seen them driving a pink tow truck," Friesen said.

Police ask anyone with information to call officers at the east district station at 986-2857 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477 (TIPS).

gabrielle.giroday@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 11, 2012 A9

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