MEXICO – A large, white garbage truck stolen from the parking lot at Archie’s Inc. was found Friday on a dirt road in New Durham, N.H.

Mexico police Sgt. Roy Hodsdon said Friday afternoon that an anonymous man called the New Durham Police Department to report an abandoned garbage truck on a dirt road south east of Lake Winnipesaukee.

When New Durham police Sgt. Jason Lamontagne ran the license number, he discovered that it had been stolen in Maine. He then contacted the Mexico Police Department and the truck’s owner, Alan Archibald.

Hodsdon said Archibald was heading out to New Durham on Friday afternoon to retrieve the truck. Archibald had offered a $1,000 reward to anyone who found the truck. Hodsdon doesn’t know whether the reward will be made.

He said, too, that Lamontagne took DNA swabs of the steering wheel of the truck. The Mexico Police Department will use the results to learn whether two suspects in the theft are the men who took the truck. He said Lamontagne is also continuing to investigate the theft.

The 1999 Freightliner garbage truck is believed to have been taken from Archie’s on the River Road sometime between 6 p.m. Sept 27 and 7 a.m. Sept. 28.

Police found an abandoned mid-1990’s red Jeep pickup truck in the gravel pit behind Archie’s Inc. on the morning of Sept. 28. Hodsdon said he believes the owner and occupants of the abandoned pickup truck are related to the theft of the garbage truck, as well as to a hit-and-run of a Dumpster at the Far East restaurant on Main Street in Mexico the night before the truck theft.

He said the suspects, whom he will not name, have connections to New Hampshire.

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