Thieves steal, torch man’s truck

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Police say two people stole a truck worth $50,000, drove it through town then torched it. Part of the wild ride was caught on surveillance video.

The video shows two thieves park what Carlsbad police say is a stolen truck behind an apartment complex early Friday morning. About a minute later clouds of smoke appear and then the two thieves run off.

“At 5:56 in the morning we get a report of an arson, a truck on fire,” said Carlsbad Police Detective Tonia Tiller.

That stolen truck belongs to Randy Atwood.

“I didn’t know what to do. Everything I owned was in that pickup,” said Atwood.

Photos of Atwood’s vehicle after crews put out the fire show nothing but warped metal.

“I went down and looked at the pick-up to see if I could recover anything and there was nothing salvageable,” said Atwood.

Police said the thieves broke into Atwood’s garage August 1, stole his truck, drove it about three miles form his home and set it on fire.

Atwood said he was sleeping inside and didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary until he woke up. He said he went out to the garage to do a load of laundry when he noticed his garage door up and his truck gone.

Now, police and Atwood are hoping surveillance video will help them catch whoever is responsible.

Atwood said he left the keys inside his truck because he thought the garage door was secure enough.

Police don’t have any suspects. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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