Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock addressed the recent theft of his county vehicle.
His remarks, which came during the regular fiscal court meeting on Tuesday, concerned the county-owned green Jeep Patriot which was stolen from the courthouse square, taken to Bradford Town and set on fire on April 4.
Brock assured people that he was OK after being questioned several times about his well-being.
Brock said the Bell County Sheriff’s Department is aggressively investigating the situation.
“You can rest assured the sheriff’s department is doing everything that they can to try and apprehend the person that did it,” said Brock.
Brock said the department does have leads they are following.
Brock said the destruction of the Jeep is of no loss to the taxpayers. Brock said he bought the Jeep back in 2009 for around $16,400. The current book value for the vehicle is between $11,000 and $12,000. The vehicle was fully insured.
Brock said he did not take the theft and destruction of his vehicle personal.
“A lot of people have things stolen and the county is not immune from theft,” said Brock.
He also said he does not perceive the act as a threat.
“If it were (a threat), rest assured it will not work,” said Brock.
Brock also addressed the recent audit for the Bell County Sheriff’s Department. He commended sheriff Bruce Bennett for having yet another clean audit.
“You’ve never had a bad one,” said Brock, commending Bennett for his history with audits.
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