published Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Dalton Police Department reports tow truck being sought earlier in theft now said not involved in wrongdoing

The Dalton Police Department has announced it has determined that the operator of a tow truck earlier sought in connection with the theft of an antique pickup truck has been determined to have not been involved in any wrongdoing.

The driver of the tow truck saw in a news report a photo of his truck that was being sought by police. He called detectives to say he had been hired to tow the antique truck from Dalton to Chattanooga by a man who said he had bought the antique vehicle.

He showed police a photograph of a bill of sale and then took a Dalton detective to a Chattanooga location where the pickup had been taken.

A news release from the Dalton Police Department said a resident at the location said he had sold the truck to someone in Murray County, Ga.

When detectives checked on that report, they found the stolen pickup abandoned on the side of a road.

The pickup was recovered and returned to its owner.

The police department said it is continuing its investigation and no charges have been filed.

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