Police Searching for Stolen Santa Barbara City Utility Truck

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Police Searching for Stolen Santa Barbara City Utility Truck
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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

Be on the lookout for a white Ford F350 City of Santa Barbara Public Works truck. The work truck was stolen on February 12, 2021 at approximately 4:30 A.M., in the 3600 block of State Street.

The vehicle was last seen southbound De La Vina according to the reporting party. Notable characteristics is the crane in the bed of the truck and the vehicle ID number on the back which reads: 2592.

The plate is CA Exempt 1457564. Attached, please find a photo of vehicle similar to the one stolen. The vehicle stolen has a light bar above the roof. Call Police at 805-882-8900 if found.

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Channelfog Feb 14, 2021 02:37 AM
Police Searching for Stolen Santa Barbara City Utility Truck

Was this vehicle "fob" operated rather than a physical key? There are devices that can detect and record the code that a fob is constantly sending out. They then program a blank fob and then can steal the car at their leisure. A Faraday shielded box or pouch protects against this.

Curmudgeon Feb 13, 2021 11:14 PM
Police Searching for Stolen Santa Barbara City Utility Truck

So, unless this was a professional job where the truck was jimmied and hot-wired, did a careless employee leave his rig unlocked with keys in it? If yes, I continue to be astounded at how frequently this comes up.

chico berkeley Feb 13, 2021 06:26 PM
Police Searching for Stolen Santa Barbara City Utility Truck

Oh, and I am sure its heading for Mexico and will never be seen again.
Live around here long enough and you have to realize most stolen vehicles head south....
Guess they needed a nice utility truck.
Hope I am wrong,but...something that conspicuous does not "disappear into thin air"

Getoffmylawn Feb 12, 2021 02:43 PM
Police Searching for Stolen Santa Barbara City Utility Truck

Its due to California smog regulations. Diesel powered trucks and equipment have to be replaced with soot traps or filters and def tanks. That means all the other states get our used pollution vehicles. California contractors and cities have to replace everything

NotReallyDave Feb 12, 2021 02:20 PM
Police Searching for Stolen Santa Barbara City Utility Truck

Has anyone noticed that every employee of the City of Santa Barbara is driving a new vehicle? Car, truck, tractor , mower, or whatever. Lots of money being spent every two or three years for replacements. Can anyone offer up a number that it costs the serfs to provide these vehicles?

ChillinGrillin Feb 12, 2021 07:42 PM
Police Searching for Stolen Santa Barbara City Utility Truck

I've noticed it too. Replacement every 2-3 years doesn't happen but I know for vehicle fleet purchases, governments and companies pay less per unit by buying in bulk. Which explains everything suddenly being brand new. The cars I used when I worked for the county were Ford sedans from the early 90's. One had the paint peeling off and with another the passenger seatbelt didn't work. They replaced them all a few years ago. When you're dealing with government they need to factor in risk management. If a public employee gets in a serious accident because their work vehicle isn't running properly, that could be a multimillion dollar settlement.

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