Multiple trucks stolen overnight being sought in Panola County

Panola County Sheriff's Office
Panola County Sheriff's Office(Courtesy)
Published: Jun. 2, 2023 at 12:53 PM CDT
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PANOLA COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - The Panola County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of truck theft Friday morning.

The thefts occurred overnight on the south and east sides of Panola County, the sheriff said in a release. Deputies initially responded to a report of an abandoned flatbed trailer in the middle of CR 170, shortly after 5 a.m. While en route, they were notified the trailer had been stolen, along with a white Ford pickup. The trailer was recovered, but the truck is still missing.

The release said around 6 a.m. a second report came in of a gray Dodge pickup stolen from the Twin Oaks RV Park on US 79 N.

A third report was made at about 6:15 a.m. of a white Dodge pickup stolen from Billy Bob’s RV Park, also on US 79 N. Deputies were able to track the truck’s GPS system to find it abandoned near an oil lease well on FM 123 a short time later.

An earlier Facebook post from the sheriff’s office said that a black Ford was also reported stolen from the Lufkin area.

In summary, four trucks have been reported, listed as follows.

  • A white 2021 Ford F250 with Ranch Hand bumpers and hard bedcover, Texas plate number SPX9991. The truck was stolen on FM 1971 along with a trailer which was found abandoned on CR 170.
  • A dark gray 2019 Dodge Ram 3500, Texas plate number RVP8371. The truck had a Lincoln welder sitting in the bed, and was taken from Twin Oaks RV park on HWY 79N.
  • A white Dodge Ram pickup was stolen from Billy Bob’s RV park on HWY 79N. The truck was recovered off FM 123.
  • A black Ford F250, Texas plate number KDY9535. The truck was taken from the Lufkin area, and is being searched for in Panola County.

Investigators are reviewing video footage and evidence collected from the theft and recovery scenes. Panola PD Captain David Gray said in a later report that the trucks were unlocked or had the keys left inside.

The sheriff’s office is asking that anyone in the area who saw suspicious activity Thursday night into Friday morning contact PCSO dispatch at 903-693-0333.