02/12/18 — Equipment worth thousands taken from wastewater treatment facility

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Equipment worth thousands taken from wastewater treatment facility

By From staff reports
Published in News on February 12, 2018 5:50 AM

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating after someone stole several thousand dollars worth of equipment from a wastewater treatment plant at 347 Old Mount Olive Highway Tuesday.

According to the sheriff's office incident report, an unknown person cut the chain to the Genoa Waste Water Treatment Plant gate, then tried unsuccessfully to pry open the windows to the shop on the premises.

From there, the suspect cut the lock off the garage door, and stole a 60-inch Hustler lawnmower, an Echo PB500 backpack blower, a Sithi FS100 RX gas trimmer, a 6-by-10-foot landscape trailer, two backpack sprayers, a portable air compressor, a 50-foot air hose, a pressure washer and a floor jack. The total value of the items stolen was around $15,710, according to the report.

Deputies recovered a flat head screwdriver and a black cotton glove on the scene, and entered the glove into evidence for DNA tests.

Anyone with information about this or any other crime in Wayne County is asked to call or text Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255 or submit a tip at p3tips.com.

Callers will remain anonymous, and information leading to a felony arrest can be eligible for a cash reward.