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Officials Investigate Red Cross Trailer Theft At MTSU

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Posted at 3:40 PM, Oct 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-21 16:40:01-04

Officials at Middle Tennessee State University have been searching for answers following the theft of an American Red Cross trailer from a parking lot on campus.

The incident happened on Friday, September 2 just after 11 p.m. Authorities said it was captured on surveillance cameras.

According to reports, a full-sized dark-colored pickup truck with what appeared to be a spare tire on its rear driver’s side pulled into the MTSU Boulevard Parking Lot.

Authorities said the truck left the lot six minutes later hauling the trailer full of disaster relief supplies.

“The supplies the trailer contained are used to set up an emergency shelter when our community needs it,” said MTSU Crime Stoppers Board member Travis Smith. “There were 167 olive green cots with aluminum frames, two shelter kit tubs, a small 1200 watt two stroke generator, along with other items in this trailer. These supplies can make all the difference in the world when there is a disaster.”

Police described the trailer as a 6’ by 12’ white 2010 Homestead Car enclosed tandem trailer.

Even thought they’ve been removed, authorities said people can still see where American Red Cross Logos had been placed on it.

“This theft was captured on video,” said Smith. “Detectives and Crime Stoppers are hoping that someone will recognize the pickup truck used to commit this felony.”

Anyone with information on this crime has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867.