The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

July 29, 2013

Athens Police search for stolen truck

From staff reports

— Athens Police are searching for a man who stole a pickup truck from a gas station Sunday afternoon.

Officials said the suspect, 34-year-old Steven Michael Lewter, removed an 11-year-old child from the pickup truck at intersection of U.S. 72 and Cloverleaf Drive in Athens before leaving the scene.

The child was unharmed, but authorities speculate Lewter, who is listed as homeless, may be on his way to Florida.

The truck is a yellow 2001 Ford Ranger Edge with a University of Alabama sticker in the back window and Alabama license plate 47W34L5.

Officials believe Lewter may be armed with a knife.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the stolen truck should contact Athens Police at 256-233-8700.