Police on the lookout for stolen equipment
by Bailey Richards
HAZARD — Deputies have recovered a stolen truck used to steal thousands in equipment from a Perry County business, though authorities are still on the lookout for the culprits.
On Nov. 27 employees with Rental Pro in Hazard arrived at work to find that the gate had been opened and several items stolen. A 2002 Ford truck was also stolen, and it was believed to have been used to transport the items.
Perry County Deputy Shawn White said the stolen items were small and easily transported. “They had actually cleaned out the display case of Stihl weedeaters and chainsaws, and they got to noticing some other large saws and things were missing,” he said.
White later recovered the truck on Saturday, Dec. 1 on Sam Campbell’s Branch at the old river processing at the cemetery, he noted. The truck was found to have no damage, however, any items that may have been carried in the bed were gone. In total, the thieves got away with around $18,000, including the truck which was worth around $5,000.
The remaining items remain unaccounted for, and White said he believes they could go up for pawn. “The weedeater, chainsaw I think they stole to maybe try to pawn,” he said, adding that he alerted area pawn shops and they are on the lookout for any of the stolen material.
Some of the items stolen suggest the burglar may be looking to sale the equipment for scrap metal. “They stole some big metal saws that are used for scrapping, so probably that is what will be done with that, or they would get rid of it to somebody that deals with a lot of scrap metal,” said White.
Police do not have any leads currently and no photos or video were found of the burglary on any of the security cameras in the area. If anyone has any information on this burglary, they are urged to call the Perry County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 439-4523.
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