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Published November 05, 2012, 02:45 PM

Stolen Mail Truck Found Near Thompson

An unmarked, contracted mail truck stolen Saturday night in Fargo was recovered early today along Interstate 29 near Grand Forks.

By: Kevin Bonham, Grand Forks Herald

An unmarked truck used to deliver U.S. mail that was reported stolen Saturday night in Fargo was recovered early today along Interstate 29 south of Grand Forks.

The white Isuzu truck was found at 3:53 a.m. parked along the interstate a couple of miles north of the Thompson, N.D., exit, according to Lt. Gary Grove of the Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department.

The vehicle had been reported stolen in Fargo from a parking lot near the residence of its registered owner, according to Fargo police.

“It appears that there wasn’t anything in it,” Grove said. “We impounded the vehicle and secured it.”

The owner, who police declined to identify, said the keys had been left in the vehicle for one or possibly two days. Police said the owner originally thought it had been driven by another person associated with the company, so it was not immediately reported.

"There is no indication the person used the truck to deliver mail or that any mail was in it at the time the theft," said Lt. Joel Vettel, of the Fargo Police Department.

Grove said the sheriff’s department received a report early this morning advising officers to check I-29 for the stolen vehicle.

The Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department is assisting the Fargo Police Department in the investigation.

Vettel said up to 90 percent of vehicle thefts occur after people have left keys in them, with doors unlocked.

"We stress very strongly," he said, "take your keys and lock the vehicle."