Coast lawmaker's truck stolen, quickly recovered - - Jackson, MS

Coast lawmaker's truck stolen, quickly recovered

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Gulf Coast lawmaker's truck was stolen from a Jackson barbecue restaurant Thursday, but police recovered it within moments.

Republican Rep. John Read, of Gautier, was so happy with the quick action that he brought a dozen Jackson Police Department officers to the Capitol to publicly thank them.

The officers received a standing ovation from members of the House.

Read says he was eating at a Chimneyville restaurant, not far from the Capitol, when he saw someone drive off with his Ford F-250 pickup. The restaurant owner helped him call police, and Read says officers recovered the truck before the thief even had time to change the radio station.

Lee Vance, assistant chief of Jackson police, thanked lawmakers for their applause. He says law enforcement can be a thankless job.

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