GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – Authorities across Middle Tennessee are searching for an amphibious vehicle that was stolen last week from a hotel parking lot in Goodlettsville.
West Tennessee-based Hydratrek developed the vehicle, able to navigate on water as well as roll across land, to assist emergency rescue, law enforcement and wildlife resource agencies who must often stop and change vehicles when their work takes them onto water.
Company officials brought the vehicle to Nashville last week for a demonstration with Caterpillar officials.
Spokesperson Louie Gaither said he last saw the prototype sitting on a trailer outside his hotel room.
“I woke up at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and it was gone,” he told News 2.
The vehicle, worth around $60,000, uses tracks instead of wheels and has two propellers to move across water.
A Tennessee Wildlife officer said by using the Hydratrek MPAV, or Multi Purpose Amphibious Vehicle, he was able to go to places no one else had been able to access.
Police have been searching for the vehicle since last Wednesday but only announced the investigation Monday.
Goodlettsville Police Chief Richard Pope said it's possible the thief or thieves did not know what they were stealing.
Anyone with information about the theft is urged to call Goodlettsville police at 615- 859-3405.