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Thousands in damage left after engine parts stolen from 18-wheelers

Damage estimated at $5,000 per truck

COMAL COUNTY, Texas – Critical parts were stolen from numerous 18-wheelers at a Comal County trucking lot, likely overnight.

The owners of two trucking companies said they and others found a vital engine part cut from their trucks' motors Sunday.

That missing piece, the engine control module, has put their trucks out of commission.  

One of the owners, LC Robbins, said 19 trucks were hit between all the companies at the lot.

Both Robbins and the owner of another company KSAT spoke with believe it was a crew of people behind the thefts.

"For them to come in and wipe out 20 trucks at one time, it has to be a team of guys,” Johnny Martinez, owner of R&J Trucking, said. “They all have to have the same tools. Cutters, wire cutters."

Martinez said it would cost about $5,000-$6,000 to replace the pilfered parts and repair each truck.

That also means money lost while the trucks are out of commission, Martinez said.

Martinez said he does have a case number and told KSAT the Comal County Sheriff's Office was out Sunday taking fingerprints and photos.

KSAT reached out the Sheriff’s Office, but they could not be reached for comment.

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