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Stolen PDHS band truck found near Whitewater

The truck that’s used to transport musical instruments and equipment for the Palm Desert High School band was recently located after it was stolen from the school’s parking lot on Sunday, November 2.

According to Mary Perry, spokesperson for the Desert Sands Unified School District, the truck was recovered on Sunday in the Whitewater area by law enforcement. She said the truck is in good condition and is at a towing facility in the area.

Perry said the ignition was punched out and identifying decals were removed, but that’s the only damage that’s been reported to staff members.

According to police, the theft wasn’t noted until Thursday, November 6. The Palm Desert Police Department released surveillance video from the campus in hopes of identifying the suspect.

Video taken the morning of the theft shows an unidentified man walking through different gates and areas of the campus around 2:40 a.m. At about 4:18 a.m., the video shows the truck leaving the campus from the Phyllis Jackson gate, officers said in a release.

The truck, a 2003 White Ford F250, is used by the band to haul a 10,000 pound trailer carrying musical instruments and equipment to performances.

If you have any information regarding the alleged suspect, contact Valley Crime Stoppers with the Palm Desert Police Department at 760-341-7867.

KESQ News Team

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