A missing 16-foot trailer has baffled Lexington police.
There are few clues for investigators to follow. They don't know when the trailer was taken or who hauled it away.
But it is certain where the trailer was last seen: in the Lexington police fleet services parking lot.
Sgt. David Ashford reported to the department Monday that the police department's trailer was missing, according to police records.
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There are no suspects in the theft. Police aren't sure how someone got the trailer off the property. It is typically hitched onto the back of a truck and officers used it to transport all-terrain vehicles, hay for patrol horses and other police items, Lexington police Sgt. Ann Gutierrez said.
Officers could have a tough time locating the trailer because "there's just a whole lot of them out there," Gutierrez said. She said the trailer is marked, but she declined to elaborate because it could impede their investigation.
"I guess you wouldn't necessarily try to hide it," she said. "I think it would blend in."
A supervisor brought the black trailer with a wooden bed from the police range to fleet services at 2185 Old Frankfort Pike on May 22 for repairs, Gutierrez said. The trailer wasn't a high priority for the mechanics, who must also fix police and city government vehicles while under the pinch of a hiring freeze, so it sat in the fleet services parking lot awaiting repairs.
The fleet services building is open eight hours a day, but police use the surrounding area to park their cruisers or personal vehicles, Gutierrez said.
"The property is open 24 hours, and there are people milling around 24 hours," she said.
No one noticed anything unusual, until the supervisor returned Monday morning to see whether the trailer had been fixed.
It was gone.