“We went outside and looked and, sure enough, the ignition tumbler was on the ground,” Dugger said.
Within an hour or two of the theft being reported, Mankato police received word the truck was at an impound lot in Ramsey County. It had been found abandoned — and stripped of electronics equipment — along a road there.
The electronics alone are worth about $50,000, Dugger said. He said the equipment had been installed in an old beer truck because it had secure side rolling doors that could be shut and locked.
“Distributors have all that beer, so there were huge locking units on the doors,” Dugger said. “They would have had to do serious damage to get those doors open. It’s the closest thing you can get to an armored truck.
“They must have cut the locks. There is no way they could pry those doors open.”
Dose said police are checking to see if video surveillance from the nearby CVS and Walgreens stores will give them any clues.
Three Eagles plans to rebuild The Punisher if the shell of the truck can be repaired, she said. The company also is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the conviction of the thief or thieves.