Video captures thieves stealing pickup truck in less than 60 seconds

Truck recovered after video was posted on Facebook
Posted at 9:35 PM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-23 00:40:07-04

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- The loud rumbling of a diesel engine woke Travis Bell up at 7:00 a.m. He instantly recognized the sound and looked out the window to see his Ford F-350 turn a corner.

A dash-cam left running in his other vehicle caught it all on video. The theft took a mere 46 seconds, from the moment the man gets out of a truck until he starts Bell's truck.

"As soon as you hear mine fire up, someone hops out of that other stolen truck from the backseat into the drivers seat," said Bell.

Bell posted the video on a Facebook page called Rocky Mountain Diesel Crew. 

"But all those shares, I think, are what led to me actually getting it back so quickly -- was just the fact that there were so many people out there looking for it," said Bell.

The suspects stole his truck from his driveway in Jefferson County; police recovered it in Denver that same day. Bell is frustrated because officers never told him his truck was found.

While police searched for his truck, members of the Facebook page kept their eyes open too. It turns out the other truck seen pulling up to the driveway was also stolen.

"I had a friend call me that works around here and said, 'Hey the truck that was used to steal yours is behind me right now. What do you want me to do?'" said Bell.

According to law enforcement officials, thieves seem to be interested in Ford F-150s, F-250s and F-350s.


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