By SUZANNE MOORE News Editor
---- — PERU — Two Redford teens face felony grand-larceny charges in connection with the theft of a pickup truck owned by the Town of Peru.
Scott J. Waldron Jr., 17, and Kayla E. Waldron, 16, who are brother and sister, were arrested “after an extensive search by the New York State Police, including uniform and Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the Special Operations Response Team, United States Border Patrol, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and United States Customs Air Branch,” according to a State Police press release.
Police got the call at about 6 p.m. Monday about the blue 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, discovered missing from Peru Highway Department Foreman Robert Wright’s home at 94 Peasleeville Road.
“He came out with a cup of coffee, and (the truck) was gone,” Peru Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell said. “He thought we were playing a joke, hid it on him.
“But it was no joke.”
Farrell fired up his laptop and a GPS tracking program showed the pickup was sitting in a sandpit at the end of Brown Road.
“Not sure what they were doing,” he said.
He notified police, who found the truck there.
“It’s an expensive system, but it paid for itself (Monday),” he said.
The program traces a vehicle’s travel history, and Farrell said the truck thieves didn’t go far but more or less seemed to head for the sandpit.
“The fastest they went the whole time was 48 mph,” he said.
Even on stretches of road with a 55-mph speed limit, he said, “they went 20, 25 mph.”
He’s grateful no one got hurt, though the truck was badly damaged.
The doors and both bumpers are smashed up, the side mirrors ripped off and a rear taillight gone, Farrell said he was told.
“The skid plate that protects the transmission — that’s all banged up. Hopefully, the transmission’s OK.”
The vehicle was impounded, so he hadn’t seen it yet.
It seemed ridiculous that anyone would have absconded with the pickup, he said, since it very clearly has Town of Peru lettering on the doors and other places.
“But apparently, it’s all mud now,” he said.
The keys were hidden in the truck, under the visor, Farrell said, as they would be more accessible that way if another Highway Department employee needed to use it.
“We have changed that policy since yesterday,” he said on Tuesday. “We made extra sets (so no keys will be left in vehicles).
“That’s a lesson we learned.”
DUE IN COURT SOON
The siblings were arrested just after 10 a.m. Monday, Fleishman said in an email to the Press-Republican, and their identities were determined at that point.
“The public were a great help in locating the suspects.”
Scott and Kayla were arraigned in AuSable Town Court by Town Justice Elizabeth Smith.
Scott was committed to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $3,000 cash bail and $6,000 bond; he remained there as of early afternoon Tuesday. Kayla was released on her own recognizance.
Their next court date is Friday.
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