The thief picked an inopportune time to steal a Boston plow truck.
As a wintry mix pelted the city Wednesday night, a security camera showed the vehicle being driven away from Franklin Park in Dorchester.
Now, just in time for Saturday’s expected snowstorm, the white 2004 Chevrolet has been recovered, city officials said.
The Parks and Recreation truck, with a plow on the front and a sander on the back, was found Friday about 8:40 a.m. near Hummingbird Lane and Lark Drive in Mattapan.
Authorities are still trying to learn how the culprit was able to drive the truck away, because the keys were not left inside. Police also combed the truck for possible evidence and fingerprints, said Jacque Goddard, spokeswoman for Parks and Recreation.
“We can’t really speculate,” she said when asked whether there are any leads or whether the theft might have been a prank. “It’s very unusual.”
She said the area where the truck was kept was “fairly secure.”
The city had asked for the public’s help after the truck was stolen and did receive a tip that helped lead to its recovery.
Fortunately, Goddard said, the vehicle was not damaged beyond a flat tire, and the plow and sander are intact and ready for winter duty.Sarah N. Mattero can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.