A 2012 John Deere Gator utility vehicle stolen in at recent theft at the Altus City Cemetery was recovered late Tuesday afternoon in Lawton following a Crimestoppers tip.
The Altus Police Department, with the assistance of the Lawton Police Department, recovered the gator in the 2300 block of NW Denver Ave. in Lawton.
The gator was used on a daily basis at the cemetery in a variety of ways.
“We are very happy to have it back in our possession because it is a very important piece of equipment,” said Freddy Perez, city cemetery, golf and parks supervisor. “The city budgeted and invested $6,800 for it and we use it to transport our equipment from one area to another, as well as for the upkeep of the graves especially when it rains and the Gator allows us to easily transport dirt for dumping and keep the graves looking clean and nice.”
Police are still looking to recover a green 12-foot flatbed trailer and a DeWalt portable air compressor that were stolen from the cemetery.
Anyone with information about the burglary or the whereabouts of the stolen property should contact the Jackson County Crimestoppers at 580-482-tips (8477). Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.