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Crappy Paint Job Can’t Hide Stolen Truck from Police

At least take pride in your work! Crappy paint job on stolen truck (Kennewick police)
At least take pride in your work! Crappy paint job on stolen truck (Kennewick police)

Years ago, I actually rattle canned an old Chevy truck I had, from blue to grey. It was primer, after having sanded it. It took a while, but when done, it pretty much looked grey. In this case, a truck thief apparently didn’t realize white over green paint requires more than one quickie coat.

Early Saturday morning, Kennewick police easily spotted a stolen green Dodge 1500 pickup, mainly because the thief’s attempt to spray paint the truck white was done miserably! Police are trained to spot what looks like ‘paint-over’ work on stolen vehicles.

Just after 2am, police saw the mottled truck near 10th and Union, and promptly pulled it over. They’d taken a report of a stolen green truck Thursday, and the white was not enough to hide the green showing through.

Stolen truck thief apprehended (Kennewick police)
Stolen truck thief apprehended (Kennewick police)

The police report even stated on Facebook a “very poor” white spray paint coat applied to the vehicle. 21-year old Gina M Esquivel was taken into custody on auto theft charges. Her unnamed 32-year-old passenger was released without any charges.

The truck has been returned to it’s owner.

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