08/08/2006

Wash. police pursue stolen doughnut truck

The Associated Press

RICHLAND, Wash.- When someone stole a truck full of doughnuts, police sprung into action.

An all-points bulletin was issued moments after the theft of the Viera's Bakery van was reported early Friday in Kennewick.

A Benton County sheriff's deputy quickly spotted the truck. After a chase, Richland police got it to stop and arrested the driver, Steve Swoboda, 19, for investigation of auto theft and felony escape.

Still intact was the entire load of glazed, sugar and cream doughnuts, as well as some apple fritters.

"In 24 years in law enforcement I've never had a call like that," Richland police Capt. Randy Barnes said. "To steal a bakery truck, how clever is that?"

"It kind of sticks out," Kennewick police Sgt. Ken Lattin said.

The truck was taken while the driver, Gilberto Gonzales, left the engine running during a stop. Gonzales asked the clerk if he recalled seeing a man who had been standing in front of the store.

"The clerk said, 'Yeah, that guy's been wanting a ride to Richland for a while,'" said Mario Viera, one of the operators of the bakery.

Viera said he was happy that none of the load was lost "but I'm going to make sure Gilberto doesn't leave the keys in the truck any more."

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