Hopkins County Crime Stoppers offers reward for Carraway Tractor break-in
By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor
Mar. 12, 2007 - Hopkins County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information which leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible for a business burglary which occurred last weekend, according to Crime Stoppers Coordinator Scotty Sewell.
Sheriff’s officers were contacted Friday morning regarding the overnight break-in at Carraway Tractor on State Highway 19 south. More than $200,000 worth farm equipment was stolen and more than $1,500 worth equipment was vandalized during the incident, which marks at least the second time in recent months that the business has been targeted by thieves.
According to sheriff’s investigators and deputies, the offenses were thought to have been committed about 12:30 a.m. Friday, and were discovered when store personnel arrived for work that 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 installed surveillance equipment. Unfortunately, the camera equipment and a tractor were damaged during the break-in, according to sheriff’s reports.
Anyone with information about this crime, or any other crime, is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 903-885-2020. It should be noted that when calling Crime Stoppers, callers do not have to give their name, just their information. Rewards from Crime Stoppers are paid in such a way that the caller’s identity remains confidential.