BEATRICE – Gage County law officers report a title inspection on a truck bought by a Holmesville resident, uncovered that the truck had been stolen in Missouri.
The resident purchased the 1998 construction truck through the online auction called Purple Wave. The truck was purchased for $8,300, plus an $830 fee. The buyer obtained a Missouri Department of Revenue Bill of Sale and received a Missouri Certificate of Title in the mail, May 18th.
Because the truck was bought outside Nebraska, state law requires a title inspection at the sheriff’s office before a new title is issued.
Sheriff’s officers checked the vehicle identification number and discovered the truck had been stolen.
A Gage County Sheriff’s investigator is working with a detective from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office in Clinton, Missouri. The truck had been stolen from a construction site in that county, in October of 2016. Clinton is southeast of Kansas City.
Gage County law officers impounded the vehicle and are assisting Clinton County, Missouri investigators.
The Holmesville resident who purchased the truck is not a suspect in the theft of the vehicle….and is attempting to recover his money from the online auction service or obtain a clear title to the vehicle.