WATERVILLE — A man using a wheelchair may have stolen a truck Tuesday afternoon on Elm Street.

Moments before a 1999 red Dodge 250 pickup truck was snatched from where it was parked outside an apartment building, a man in his 20s or 30s hopped out of a wheelchair and crossed Elm Street to talk with the truck’s owner, according to Waterville patrol officer Michael Sellar.

Shortly after that conversation, the owner called police at 2:38 p.m. to report his truck had been stolen.

Sellar said the truck has a yellow light on the roof and an aluminum ladder in its bed. Distinctive carpet that had been in the truck bed was later found on Kennedy Memorial Drive.

Sellar said six eyewitnesses provided varying descriptions and accounts; Tuesday evening he was piecing the stories together.

The crime, said Sellar, did not appear to be premeditated.

Sellar said police have the manual wheelchair. They had no reports of a missing wheelchair as of Tuesday evening.

Sellar said police had seen the suspect earlier Tuesday on Main Street and were not familiar with him.

Police asked anyone with information about the case to call them at 680-4700.

Beth Staples — 861-9252

[email protected]


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