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Company recaptures stolen tow truck in chase and crash

When a Loganville company's signature rollback tow truck - custom painted with blue streaks on red - was stolen in broad daylight, the employees of Leadfoot Transport took matters into their own hands.

"Honestly, it pissed us off," said owner Chad Roberts. "We wanted it back."

An employee had parked the tow truck in front of the Dollar General in Loganville on Ga. Highway 81 around 5 p.m. Sunday when thieves hopped in and took off.

Roberts and his employees reported it to the Walton County Sheriff's Office. But they didn't just sit back and wait. Most had come from a repo background. They knew how to hit the streets to find what they were looking for.

Driving their personal vehicles to search for the distinctive truck, an employee finally first spotted it Monday. The employee was driving on an overpass and spotted the truck heading eastbound on Interstate 20, with a grey Accura on it.

A short time later a friend called Roberts to report that he was driving next to it on I-20.

Another employee saw it in Conyers and began following it. By this time, the truck already had a different vehicle loaded on it, a gold pickup. Roberts was in contact with Investigator Simmons from the Walton County Sheriff's Office, who contacted local law enforcement. Officers also began following the truck and began blocking its routes.

The truck turned onto Irwin Bridge Road into the parking lot of Irwin Bridge Road Inn. The gold pickup rolled off the bed and the tow truck rolled into the grass.

The suspects jumped out and began fleeing. Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputies and Conyers Police were able to catch two of the suspect. A search perimeter was set up in the Irwin Bridge/Main Street area and called off after about an hour. The third suspect was reportedly caught later that evening at Rockdale Plaza.

Although the tow truck is missing a fork lift that was on it, Roberts said he was glad to have it back and to have two of the suspects caught.

"Thanks to Ty and the Leadfoot crew, Rockdale County Sheriff's (Office), Conyers PD, and GSP, and Investigator Simmons of Walton County Sheriff's (Office)..." wrote Roberts on his company's Facebook page. "Special thanks to all of you who helped share our post and get the word out about our truck being stolen. We can't thank you enough."