ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office believes the theft of about $24,000 worth of pure tin from a factory in Church Hill last month was most likely an inside job, but the investigation has yet to produce a suspect.
That’s why Sheriff Roger Christian is asking for help from the community. Sometime between 9 p.m. on June 29 and 7 a.m. on June 30 a green dumpster containing 2,400 pounds of pure tin was stolen from the the AGC Industries plant in Church Hill, formerly known as AFG.
According to reports, the thieves made use of a vacant field adjacent to the plant. The physical evidence seems to indicate that someone inside the facility used a tow motor belonging to the plant to lift the dumpster over a fence and into a waiting getaway vehicle.
There were tracks inside the plant where the tow motor was moved to the fence and then put back where it belongs after the heist took place.
There were also tracks outside the fence in the field where the getaway vehicle pulled up and then left the area with the stolen metal.
Christian said other factors point toward an inside job. For example, someone knew that specific dumpster contained pure tin. And someone was able to not only access a tow motor, but took the time to return the tow motor where it belonged afterward.
“If these were outsiders, you wouldn’t expect them to put the tow motor back where they found it,” Christian said. “They would have just left the tow motor in the field and made their escape. I don’t know if they’d try to sell it all at once or cut it up, but certainly pure tin isn’t as common as other metals being sold to recyclers these days.
“Maybe someone saw a green dumpster on a truck pull in somewhere. If anyone knows anything about this or has seen anything suspicious related to this crime we’d certainly appreciate a phone call.”
Anyone with information about this theft is asked to contact the HCSO at either 272-4848 or the detectives division at 272-6514.