MANKATO — A stolen truck has been found but thousands of dollars in high-end electronics are missing from it, so a local broadcasting group is offering a reward to anyone who can lead them to the thief of thieves.
It was a brazen crime that took place in daytime at the busy Mankato intersection of Madison Avenue and Long Street. Someone opened the locked doors of the radio music promotion truck dubbed The Punisher, popped its ignition lock cylinder, and drove away in the former beer truck stuffed with electronics.
This happened sometime between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The truck, which had been specially fitted with 72 speakers and multiple amplifiers that pumped out more than 30,000 watts of power, was stolen from the parking lot of Rockin Ronny’s. The electronics in the truck had been installed by the audio store, owned by Derran Dugger.
The truck is owned by Three Eagles Communications and had been kept at Rockin Ronny’s parking lot all winter. It’s mostly used in the summer for parades and other outdoor promotions.
An employee at Rockin Ronny’s told Dugger the truck, which also has a custom paint job advertising the Three Eagles radio stations in the Mankato area, was in the parking lot when he arrived at work at about 9 a.m. He went to grab some breakfast and the truck was gone when he returned a half hour later.
The employee assumed it had been picked up by someone at Three Eagles because the key Rockin Ronny’s had for the truck was still there. Dugger left a phone message with Denise Dose, Three Eagles general manager, to make sure that was the case when he found out the truck was gone later Wednesday. The truck was reported stolen Wednesday afternoon after Dose called back to say no one at Three Eagles had taken it.