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BY JUSTIN MINYARD
At some point between 6 p.m. Thursday and 5 a.m. Friday, according to a press release provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, unknown suspect(s) made their way to the Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Plant site on the east side of Clay County and allegedly made off with construction materials.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said after construction crews arrived at the site early Friday morning, they had noticed 30 large metal teeth for a track hoe bucket and a torpedo kerosene heater missing from an 18-wheeler trailer, as well as miscellaneous tools removed from a service truck.
Scott said it's possible more than one suspect is at large with the equipment.
"(The case) is still kind of wide open," Scott said. "We're getting tips in â€” just stuff we're trying to run down and check out. Nothing concrete at the moment. Hopefully somebody saw something and they might give us a call."
The gross total value of the items stolen is undetermined, but Scott said it exceeded $500.
"They just broke the locks off and got into (the 18-wheeler)," Scott said. "Some will take bolt cutters and cut the lock off, and some will pry them off. It depends on how solid the container is."
As far as the metal teeth go, Scott said it was unlikely the suspect(s) would attempt to barter with a scrapyard, as the items are fairly new.
"The scrap metal place would be curious with something like that coming in," Scott said. "That's something that would stand out to them. ... (When) they come in these scrapyard places with something shiny and new, that makes them suspicious. ...
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