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Truck dedicated to fallen Easley soldier stolen

Posted: Updated: Sep 23, 2013 10:13 PM
A photo of one of the stolen wreckers from Red's. (Source: Red Bordner) A photo of one of the stolen wreckers from Red's. (Source: Red Bordner)
A photo of the painting of Capt. Kimberly Hampton that is on one of the stolen wreckers from Red's. (Source: Red Bordner) A photo of the painting of Capt. Kimberly Hampton that is on one of the stolen wreckers from Red's. (Source: Red Bordner)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Police are investigating the theft of two tow trucks from a Spartanburg wrecker service on Saturday, including one with a painting dedicated to an Upstate soldier killed in action.

Spartanburg police were called to Red's Wrecker Service on Garner Road after the owner found two of their tow trucks missing and the GPS trackers left behind.

Red Bordner, the manager of the shop, said surveillance video shows an unknown vehicle pulled up between 10:20 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., two people got out, cut the gate and went to the back lot where the trucks were parked.

"These were new trucks," said Bordner. "They were not cheap." Bordner estimated the trucks cost $85,000 each.

Bordner said thieves ripped out the GPS trackers and drove off in the wreckers because the keys were inside, police said. According to police, they drove over the trackers as they fled.

Bordner described the trucks as black extended-cab, flat-bed trucks with Red's Wrecker Service painted on the doors.

One of the wreckers had a photo of Kimberly Hampton, a soldier who was killed in action, painted on the side of the truck and has in memory of Kimberly Hampton written on the side back windows, Bordner said.

Bordner said nearly every truck in his fleet is dedicated to an Upstate service member killed in action.

Bordner said the stealing of Hampton's truck was a "slap in the face of our veterans and Kimberly" because she fought for their freedom.

Hampton died on Jan. 2, 2004, when the helicopter she piloted was shot down near Fallujah, Iraq. She was the first female pilot killed in Iraq.

Bordner said it angers him to think that the thieves will likely destroy Hampton's picture.

"I feel sorry for whoever took that truck," said Bordner. "Because she gave her life so they could have freedom in this country."

Anyone with information about the thefts or see the trucks is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

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