Video surveillance footage helped Fremont police nab a man accused of stealing a fully-loaded salt truck from a landscape company’s garage this week. Michael Abdoo, 33, of the 100 block of N. Wayne St., was charged Feb. 8 with receiving stolen property.
A man from Chuck’s Lawn Care on Walnut Street told police he left the garage at about 7 p.m. Feb. 7, returning at 8 a.m. the next morning to discover a salt truck had been stolen, according to a Fremont police report. Officers inspected the place and found a door had indeed been jimmied open and a vehicle was missing.
Police put out a bulletin on the stolen goods: a white 1993 Ford F-350, which had a black flatbed carrying a red 1-ton salt hopper and a motorized salt spreader, according to the report.
The man told police the vehicle also had a full tank of diesel and a full load of salt.
About five hours later, police found the vehicle unoccupied in the 900 block of Croghan St. Officers processed the evidence, including a gas station Honey Bun wrapper found on the floorboard, for DNA and prints.
Upon reviewing surveillance cameras at an area gas station, however, officers identified Abdoo as their suspect. He was arrested at about 8 p.m. that night and taken to the Sandusky County jail.