FORNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – Chad Ragland had just been deployed to serve his country in the Air Force overseas when he got word that his 2002 Ford F-350 pickup truck was stolen from his home in Forney.
Joe Gomez Reporting:
Ragland’s grandfather, Fred Chance, says the news hit his grandson hard as the truck was one of his most loved possessions. “He had a bunch of stuff in the tool box.. his military gear and what have you, he had it all fixed up. You know how a man is with his pick-up.”
Chance goes onto say that anyone could clearly tell the truck belonged to a man serving in the Armed Forces. “The reason I say that is because she [Ragland's wife] had a sign in the front yard that said she was thinking of him because he was gone, with a yellow ribbon.”
Ragland had just finished close to $1,000 in repairs to the truck before it was stolen. His family does have access to another vehicle until they can get the truck replaced — it was insured.
“The thing that upsets me about the whole thing is that he won’t have [a truck] when he gets back home,” says Chance, “you know here he is protecting this persons freedom and that’s the way he repays him by stealing his truck.”
Forney investigators are still looking for a suspect in the theft.
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