Sheriff gets surplused armored car
The U.S. military is downsizing, and Sheriff Bruce Peoples is happy to pick up the pieces.
Peoples and two of his deputies made a trip in April to a government surplus equipment facility in Sealy, Texas, west of Houston. They came back with a 2007-model, 20-ton, 10-foot-high, armor-plated vehicle used by the troops in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. Peoples said it had a $733,000 price tag on it, but it’s now property of the Custer County Sheriff’s Office – and it didn’t cost his department anything.
“They had thousands of vehicles down there,” he said. “They had about 900 of these. Over the last several years there have been numerous programs where the military was offering armor-type vehicles to sheriff’s offices, police departments and state agencies.”