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Friday Night Flights, Teetotaler Style

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Fraternity members statewide shuddered in their sleep on the night of Friday, April 9, as vandals in Twin Falls attempted to crash two stolen Budweiser trucks into a 200-foot-deep canyon and actually succeeded with a third. According to stories in the Twin Falls Times-News, the trucks had been missing from Watkins Distributing in Twin Falls since the previous Thursday, and were worth more than $100,000.

Twin Falls Police discovered the two non-destroyed trucks on the following Saturday morning, on the lip of the Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir Canyon near the Nevada border. One of the hefty GMC short-bed box trucks was inexplicably lying on its side; the cab of the other was hanging cartoonishly over the canyon edge. Both trucks had been relieved of their frosty fillings.

Over a week later, on Monday, April 18, police discovered the third truck, mashed like a Bud can against a pledge's forehead, at the bottom of the Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls. Police said they would need as many as three days to salvage the wreckage from the bottom of the 380-foot gorge.

Watkins Distributing is offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrests of the responsible, and Crime Stoppers are offering up to $1,000. That kind of scratch can buy a lot of beer; then again, getting more beer is the least of these thieves' worries. Hiding what they have is a more pressing concern.