Thief rolls away with $2,000 tires from Brundidge business (VIDEO SURVEILLANCE)Published 2:41pm Tuesday, May 20, 2014
By Christina Myles
Six tires valued at $2,000 were stolen from Johnston Trucking on Monday, May 19.
“This is aggravating,” said company president, Luke Johnston. “It’s the same as if someone were to come into your backyard and steal something from you. It’s that same feeling.”
Johnston describes his company as a typical trucking company with around 50 employees. They service about a 100 miles radius around their location in Brundidge.
“Nobody wants a theft,” Johnston said. “If you steal from us you’ll steal from anyone.”
The thief was caught on the company’s surveillance tape around 8 p.m. Monday night and employees noticed they were missing Tuesday morning.
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Sheriff Russell Thomas says they believe the suspect parked in a grass area off the dirt road that runs alongside the company and entered the property that way.
“He rolled the tires out one at a time,” Thomas said. “Then, he tossed them over the short fence, loaded them and hauled away.
”Four of the six tires that were stolen had just been delivered to the company Monday morning.
“They were shipped in Monday morning and rolled out Monday night,” Johnston said. “We usually get our deliveries on Mondays and Wednesdays so we feel somebody has to be watching our deliveries.”
This is the second time tires have been stolen from the company in the past 14 months, the first in March of 2013 was valued as a lost of $3,000.
However, this is the fourth break in that the company has suffered overall.
Copper leads were stolen from the property on Dec. 13, 2013.“Somebody had to have known our schedule because that was the night of our company’s Christmas party,” Johnston said.
After the break in March 2013 security cameras were installed around the property.
Johnston said his company plans to install even more cameras on the property now and lock things up better.
“Apparently a fence isn’t enough,” Johnston said. “We may even have to hire security in the future.”
Sheriff Thomas said that from the surveillance footage of this break in they are looking for a bald, white male, standing about six feet tall.
“We are asking for the public’s help to catch this guy,” Thomas said. “We are even offering a cash reward for anyone that may have any leads.”