The Kansas Highway Patrol is offering a reward in a case that involves tampering with agency vehicles.
This past weekend troopers discovered missing or loose lug nuts on several patrol vehicles. On two particular vehicles, all lug nuts were loose or missing on all four of the tires. On one specific vehicle, one tire had two lug nuts totally removed, three were within two turns of coming off, and the other was within a few turns of coming off.
The loosening of the lug nuts occurred while they were parked at the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy on Iron Avenue in Salina, sometime between Monday, April 20 and Friday, April 24.
The agency is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved.
“Our agency members have taken an oath of service to the public, and dedicate their lives to serving and protecting those who travel our roadways. I do not want any of our personnel or those we share the roads with to be harmed due to events of this nature,” Colonel Mark Bruce, Superintendent of the Patrol, said.
The Patrol wants to make it clear that any future acts involving the singling out of any KHP personnel will result in a similar response, with criminal charges pursued and rewards used as a mechanism to assist in bringing those responsible to justice.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kansas Highway Patrol at 785-296-6800. Any information could be helpful.