Nearly $4,200 worth of equipment stolen in state forestry shop burglary

Jeff Bobo • Jun 14, 2013 at 6:32 AM

SURGOINSVILLE — Three chainsaws, three leaf blowers and two mowers were among the items reported stolen from the Tennessee Department of Forestry maintenance garage in Surgoinsville earlier this week.

Joel Blackburn reported to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday that the burglary at 214 Magnolia Ave. occurred sometime between Thursday, June 6 and Tuesday, June 11.

HCSO Deputy Zandra Rimer stated in her report that she observed that locks on both sides of the door had been pried off.

A Greenlee brand screwdriver found near the door may have been used to pry open the door, the HCSO said.

Items inside the building were visible from the outside through the glass windows.

Among the stolen items were three Stihl leaf blowers (two model BR420 and one model BR 380); three Stihl chainsaws (two model 021 and one model MS230); a Dynamark push mower; a Snapper 20-hp riding mower; a Homelite grass trimmer; and 11 bottles of MSR fuel.

The overall value of the stolen items was listed at $4,188.88.

Anyone with information about the Forestry maintenance shop burglary and thefts is asked to call the HCSO at (423)272-4848.

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