Burglars hit tractor dealer second time; more than $200K in equipment taken

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Sheriff's officers Friday morning were investigating an overnight break-in at Carraway Tractor on State Highway 19 south, where more than $200,000 worth of farm equipment was stolen and more than $1,500 worth of equipment was vandalized.

The incident marks at least the second time in recent months that the business has been hit by thieves. 

According to sheriff's investigators and deputies, the offenses were thought to have been committed about 12:30 a.m. today and were discovered when store personnel arrived for work this morning.

Based on clues from the scene, deputies believe the culprits gained access from the side or rear of the property.

The owners told deputies that among the stolen items were several expensive pieces of equipment, including a one-ton truck, a 28-foot gooseneck trailer, a track loader, a skid loader and a lawn mower.

Following a previous break-in and theft of farm equipment, the business has installed surveillance equipment, which was vandalized during this morning's break-in. A tractor was also damaged, according to sheriff's reports.

Officials were still in the early stages of the investigation into the theft and vandalism late Friday morning.

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