Stolen truck recovered, used in Mexico as an armored vehicle

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 8:24am

UPDATED: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 10:32am

Thousands of Texas trucks are stolen and cross the border into Mexico yearly, most of them are never recovered, Na'Tassia Finley reports one truck was recovered and it's hardly looks the same.

It was stolen out of Roma in 2011 and recovered in Northern Tamaulipas in 2012, the GMC truck left factory standard and came back as a machine of heavy steel.

Jose Trevino, BPD, Public Information Officer, states, "It was used for, what you might say illicit activities. I don't know anybody that drives around in a tank."

Officer Trevino says its very likely that this armor reinforced truck, equipped with bullet proof glass windows, was transformed by a drug cartel, "Obviously, it's built for protection against any type of firearms."

The sliding armored panels, in all the windows, also allows for the occupants to fire their weapons safely from inside, but the reinforcement goes far deeper than what meets the eye, "The things that are reinforced, that maybe you cannot see, is like the hood. The hood has a steel plate, then another steel plate, the wheels are reinforced and all that takes a lot of time and it takes a lot of skill actually."

The police department doesn't have a dollar amount on the estimated cost to reinforce the truck, nor do they know the weight. They do say though, they never want it to hit Valley streets. That's why they bought it when it came up at an auction last year, "Obviously this vehicle is not street legal so it will be designated for destruction at a later date."

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