Lee men charged in theft of equipment from Fort Henry Drive construction site

Nick Shepherd • Jun 6, 2013 at 6:31 PM

KINGSPORT —Two Virginia men allegedly stole $100,000 worth of excavating equipment from a Kingsport construction site and hid the items in Virginia, according to police.

Adam Ely, 30, Route 1 Box 1712 Dryden, and Mark Mullins, 34, P.O. Box 1712 Dryden, were arrested and charged with theft over $60,000.

The incident began on May 20 when officers from the Kingsport Police Department responded to McDonald's on Fort Henry Drive in Colonial Heights for a theft of equipment call.

The owner of an excavating company had been on a job site rebuilding the restaurant. When the owner left the site on Saturday night, he left his equipment parked there, according to the police report.

When his crew returned to the job site the next day, the equipment had been stolen.

The stolen equipment included a black gooseneck trailer, valued at $5,000; a yellow Cat skid steer valued at $89,000; a Bobcat bucket valued at $5,000; and a Bobcat forks valued at $1,000, which brought the total value to $100,000, the police report stated.

While the case was being investigated, information was received that the equipment was possibly near the Kentucky-Virginia border concealed in a wooded area.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation, and the equipment was found in Lee County. Ely was arrested in Wise County, Va., on June 5, and Mullins turned himself in to the KPD on June 6.

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