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A pickup stolen from the Pevely Street Department building between July 27 and July 28 has been recovered, and a suspect has been identified, authorities reported.

The 2010 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, which was severely damaged, was found abandoned July 31 following a police chase, authorities reported.

“It was located on Hwy. BB in Hillsboro about 3 p.m. after a pursuit by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office,” Pevely Police Capt. Larry Miller said. “It didn’t have any plates. The pursuit was called off, presumably because it was over a traffic violation (the no plates).

“When they found it, it was in a ditch and whoever was driving it was gone. It was pretty beat up. It is not known if it will be totaled by insurance.”

It was one of two pickups stolen from the building. In all, about $100,000 worth of items were stolen.

The investigation into the theft is ongoing, but the recovery of the pickup helped authorities identify a suspect, Miller said.

“Based on processing the truck, we were able to identify a suspect and are now seeking him,” Miller said Tuesday (Aug. 6).

He would not release any more information about the suspect.

Miller said no other items stolen from the Street Department had been recovered.

Other stolen items included a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup, three chain saws, a plasma cutter, 40 gallons of gas and numerous tools. In addition, the culprits vandalized the building and damaged some equipment, causing a significant amount of damage, Miller said.

The Street Department building is located in a gated compound that includes municipal Public Works buildings off Lynwood Drive in the southwestern part of the city.

The break-in was discovered and reported about 5:30 a.m. July 29, Miller said.