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Pair charged with stealing Habitat for Humanity truck for joyride

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HOPKINSVILLE, KY (WSMV) -

A southern Kentucky charity group is trying to get back on its feet after thieves struck. Police say two men stole a Habitat for Humanity truck and even led officers on a high-speed chase across state lines.

Habitat's director in Hopkinsville is trying to figure out what they're going to do now.

"They've really put a dent in us," said Jessie Quarles, director of Hopkinsville Habitat for Humanity. "We had wood sides that we made on both sides of the truck to hold in anything we were hauling. And they tore those off. I didn't even recognize it."

The truck had also been vandalized with spray paint.

Bryan Bealmear, 20, and Christopher Cullum, 22, both of Hopkinsville, were each charged with auto theft and felony evading arrest in a vehicle.

Police say after they stole the charity's truck over the weekend, they led police on a high-speed chase into Clarksville, where they were finally caught on a dead-end road off Fort Campbell Boulevard.

"It's bothersome when somebody's destroying things that someone cannot replace that's there to help other people," said Hopkinsville police Lt. Greg Koehler.

Quarles says the truck just isn't running the same after that joy ride. It's a truck they have to have to help those in need.

The two suspects will be extradited back to Kentucky from Tennessee to face those charges.

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