Investigation into thefts at Ag Power continues

Outdoor equipment, pickup with combined value of more than $65,000 reported stolen last week

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 28, 2008 - Investigators are still looking into a separate case reported last week that involved the theft of almost $31,000 of outdoor power equipment, as well as a 2006 Ford pickup.

No arrests have yet been made in the thefts that occurred about 4 a.m. last Thursday, July 24, at Ag Power, an outdoor equipment dealership that handles John Deere products.

The thief or thieves that morning broke a lock and a 50-foot bar gate, causing an estimated $520 damage, to gain entry to the equipment on the north service road of Interstate 30, west of Sulphur Springs.

Among the items reported stolen were two gas powered John Deere Gator all-terrain vehicles, each valued at $10,000; a pair of EZ Track riding lawn mowers, one with a 48-inch cutting deck and priced at $3,639.20, the other with a 54-inch deck and valued at $3,719.20; and a 2001 gooseneck trailer worth $3,000.

A 2006 Ford F350 pickup valued at $25,659.36 was also taken at the same time from the location.

Sheriff Butch Adams said detectives are continuing their inquiry into the felony thefts and following up on leads, but no arrests have been made yet.

The offense is classified as a third-degree felony, which carries a penalty of two to 10 years in prison and as much as a $10,000 fine.

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