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ODOT recovers stolen backhoe thanks to anonymous tip

Pictured with the backhoe after its safe return to Ada are, from left, ODOT Division Three Maintenance Engineer Bill Wilkinson, Risk Manager Annette Nichols and Division Engineer Kevin Bloss. Pictured with the backhoe after its safe return to Ada are, from left, ODOT Division Three Maintenance Engineer Bill Wilkinson, Risk Manager Annette Nichols and Division Engineer Kevin Bloss.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._An anonymous tip helped the Oklahoma Department of Transportation recover a stolen backhoe 300 miles away.

ODOT received a tip on November 3 that led to the discovery of a stolen Caterpillar backhoe. The tip was passed on to local law enforcement in Alta Vista, Kansas, which is southwest of Topeka, and they found it later that same day. The backhoe has since been returned to the ODOT Division 3 headquarters in Ada, Oklahoma.

The backhoe went missing on July 28 when it was stolen from a highway worksite west of Tecumseh in Pottawatomie County. The backhoe has since been given the nickname “Dorothy,” because of its adventures in Kansas.

Now that the equipment has been returned, law enforcement agencies will continue investigating the theft. The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office in Shawnee and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in Council Grove, Kansas, are both conducting investigations. However, no arrests have yet been made.

“ODOT is certainly pleased to see this piece of equipment recovered and put back into service on our highways,” Division 3 engineer Kevin Bloss said. “We want to thank the public for their assistance in locating the backhoe and the sheriff’s offices in Pottawatomie and McClain counties here in Oklahoma and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas for their hard work.”

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