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Before you steal a truck, you need to know how to drive it

One semi was found in the middle of Kentucky 339, still running and with the flashers blinking.

The Associated Press

9/21/2012

MAYFIELD, Ky.  — Thieves in western Kentucky didn't have any trouble starting up a couple of semis and other large trucks that had keys left in them — but driving them turned out to be a different matter.

Kentucky State Police told WPSD-TV (http://bit.ly/QrUWh5) that the vehicles were taken from Crop Production Services in Graves County on Tuesday night and were found either wrecked or abandoned in different areas of town on Wednesday morning. Police say the vehicles included two semi-trucks, a fertilizer truck and a two-ton flatbed truck.

"The way they found the keys in the vehicle like that, this was a crime of opportunity," Kentucky State Police Trooper Jay Thomas said.

One semi was found in the middle of Kentucky 339, still running and with the flashers blinking. Nearby resident Shawn Kelly says the truck was in a precarious location.

Just a little bit more and they could have been off the side of the hill there," he said.

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Police say the thieves didn't leave everything behind. The company is still missing a white Ford F-250 pickup truck.

The incident is under investigation, but police haven't made any arrests.

"It is a good day when we recover this, but it'll be a better day when we apprehended the individuals responsible," Thomas said.

The company told the station that it would be locking up keys from now on, as well as putting up a gate and adding surveillance cameras.\

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