OAKLAND -- A truck belonging to a nonprofit that was stolen last weekend has been found, an organization spokeswoman said.

Urban Creeks Council relayed the discovery via their Twitter account Wednesday evening, saying the 2005 Ford F-250 stolen out of North Berkeley on Saturday had been recovered by the California Highway Patrol early that morning in Richmond, thanks to a license plate scanning system notifying the officer the truck had been taken.

"I have no idea what (they) did to this truck, I wish I knew," said Kristen Van Dam, a senior ecologist for Urban Creeks Council. "But it looks like she'll be back on the road again!"

Van Dam said the Ford was found on Bayo Vista Avenue, just off Alpine Road in Richmond. When she went to pick up the truck at the scrap yard later that afternoon, she learned the truck had been found with a bed full of scrap metal, and that the ignition and the fuse box had been torn apart.

"They got all our signage off -- and that was high-quality stuff," she added. "They even put a trailer hitch on it. They did a lot of work."

According to Van Dam, the truck had been parked at the intersection of Rose and Arch streets at 6 p.m. Nov. 9. By the morning, it was gone.

The organization works to protect and restore urban streams and purchased the truck in October to haul plants to a project in Livermore, according to Van Dam.


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No arrests have been made in the truck's disappearance.

Contact Katie Nelson at knelson@bayareanewsgroup.com and follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.