[UPDATE 12:06 p.m.] Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Tow Truck Stolen at Gunpoint This Morning
Yesterday evening, a driver for Buddy’s Auto Center went to Orleans driving this distinctive pink breast cancer awareness tow truck shown above. On the way back about 3:45 a.m. with a vehicle in tow, he and a passenger saw a chainsaw in the middle of the road. They stopped to remove it.
“[T]hat is when 2 men with guns came out of the bushes …and made him and passenger exit the vehicle and took it and the tow,” explained the driver’s girlfriend, Stacy Schmidt. “The robbers took his work and personal phone but his passenger had a phone so…they called for help.”
The California Highway Patrol is searching for the pink truck and for the towed vehicle–a truck and a trailer with two snow vehicles on the back. If you have any information, please contact them at (707) 822-5981.
UPDATE 11:25 a.m.: The tow truck and pickup have been found. The tow truck was damaged badly by fire. The Dodge Ram was singed. The trailer with the snow vehicles is still missing. We’re attempting to find more info.
UPDATE 12:06 p.m.:According to Robert Rahall, who was the passenger in the tow truck and the owner of the Dodge truck with snowmobiles, he was coming back from a trip when he hit some rocks on Hwy 96 and damaged his truck.
The tow truck driver arrived and put Rahall’s truck containing his dogs on the flatbed and pulled the trailer. Eventually, they saw a chainsaw sitting beside the road. When they pulled over and the tow truck driver got out of the vehicle, two masked men carrying “rifles with silencers” came out of the bushes.“One pulled me out of the truck,” said Rahall. During the altercation with the tow truck driver, one of the masked men shot his rifle. Rahall used the confusion to flee. He was able to use his phone to call for law enforcement help.
The masked men took the tow truck and the contents including the dogs. “There was no money, no cash, no drugs,” said Rahall. He doesn’t know why his vehicle was apparently targeted.
The tow truck carrying the Dodge Ram was eventually located out Mill Creek Road, Rahall said. “It looks like the [tow truck engine] overheated” and caught on fire by itself. The dogs were left in the truck while the suspects fled, Rahall said. Fortunately, the truck wasn’t harmed much and the dogs are okay.
We are requesting more information from the California Highway Patrol.