Search is on for missing Hummer

County-owned rig was taken from road and bridge department and used in crime
2014-05-15T04:05:00Z 2014-07-10T05:56:09Z Search is on for missing HummerRENEE BRONAUGH 573-518-3617 Daily Journal Online
May 15, 2014 4:05 am  • 

St. Francois County had a ex-military Hummer that they acquired through a Department of Defense program. The key word is "had", because someone stole the heavy-built SUV and is now using it for no good.

Sheriff Dan Bullock said the Hummer was stationed at the county's Road and Bridge Department for use in case of a disaster or an emergency.

“It came up missing the weekend of May 4 and was taken out through the back of the department’s property. It was used that following Monday morning at 5:30 a.m. in a smash and grab at Midway Restaurant in Ste. Genevieve County,” said Bullock.

St. Francois County deputies are working with Ste. Genevieve County authorities in trying to locate and recover the Hummer. A surveillance cameras caught the act and they are looking at some suspects at this time.

“This is not the first time one of these vehicles has been taken around the country, but it’s a first for us. These vehicles don’t have keys but if you have been around the military you would know how to get them started,” said Bullock.

The rig is the old-style, camouflage in color, and has a large St. Francois County sign/sticker on the side and Road and Bridge Department plates on it.

To report any information contact the St. Francois County Sheriff's Department at 573-431-2777 or central dispatch at 573-431-3131

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or

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(7) Comments

  1. blasterrat1
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    blasterrat1 - May 18, 2014 7:44 pm
    No that would make my day. I can see the headline now. Old Women shoots perv!
  2. Junkman
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    Junkman - May 18, 2014 12:44 pm
    Thanks Rat. First stop...your Mom's house.
  3. blasterrat1
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    blasterrat1 - May 16, 2014 7:25 am
    Seriously? Good luck. By the looks of it your going to need it. If and when you do find one it will likely be one nobody else wants! IE. One that is trash!
  4. ktrain 50
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    ktrain 50 - May 16, 2014 1:16 am
    FUBAR- I would look at the offenders at the half way house/P&P office on Doubet Road, they have a good view of the building and some of them have been in the military before.
  5. Junkman
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    Junkman - May 15, 2014 3:08 pm
    I wish I could find a Hummer...
  6. bunnyhoff
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    bunnyhoff - May 14, 2014 12:16 pm
    The county has all this extra money from local and state tax, they could have put a key or switch, someone knew how to start. Prolly find out it was a inside job
  7. FUBAR
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    FUBAR - May 14, 2014 9:27 am
    Wow, that is a bold move on the crooks part. That must have been someone that knew Road & Bridge had that vehicle and how to get it running. Maybe a former inmate or court appointed worker? Maybe Road & Bridge will figure out a way to better secure their vehicles for now on. Learn from mistakes... hopefully.
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