UNION — Maine State Police on Friday released a new photo of a $40,000 tractor that was stolen from Union Farm Equipment on Route 17 on March 19.

The surveillance photo, taken from a nearby gasoline station, shows the tractor on the back of a red ramp truck along Route 17.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for Maine State Police, said in a news release that the stolen tractor was a 2011 Kubota model L45 with a bucket loader on the front and a backhoe on the rear.

It was stolen about 2 a.m. by a lone man who jumped the fence, started the tractor and then used the tractor’s bucket to ram through the front gate, where it was then driven into the ramp truck, according to the release.

A driver on Route 17 later reported seeing the ramp truck with the tractor on it driving toward Augusta about 2:20 a.m. The theft was discovered when workers arrived at the dealership later that morning, police said.

Police asked that anyone with information on the theft or the tractor to call Maine State Police in Augusta at 1-800-452-4664.

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