Stolen parks division truck found in Milwaukee

Truck was being used to collect recyclable materials

Madison police said a city of Madison Parks Division truck that was stolen in the State Street area Wednesday afternoon was found Wednesday evening on Milwaukee’s north side.

Police said a dark blue Ford F-450 city truck was stolen at about 1:20 p.m. from the 400 block of State Street, near Peace Park.

Officers were called to the scene and quickly developed a description of a man seen pacing around the truck just minutes before it was taken.

The man entered the vehicle and fled eastbound on West Gilman Street, police said.

Police said the truck was being utilized to collect recyclable materials from the State Street area, and the culprit took full advantage of an opportunity to take the vehicle that was running.

The man was described as a black man who was wearing a white T-shirt, longer jean shorts and white tennis shoes, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

Shortly after 2 p.m., the Department of Public Works located a radio, which had been inside of the stolen vehicle, near Highway 22 in Pardeeville.

However, Milwaukee police called Madison just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and let them know the truck was found, unoccupied, with the keys in the ignition in an alley on the city’s north side.