Thieves steal parks and rec lawn equipment

Thieves steal parks and rec lawn equipment

Thieves steal parks and rec lawn equipment

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM.

Sometime late Sunday night, or early Monday morning, thieves managed to make off with more than $18,000 in lawn equipment from the county parks and recreation department.

Nikki Millender, who oversees the department, said the culprits cut a chain and broke into both the gated area behind the Carrabelle courthouse annex and Kendrick Park, sometime after 3 p.m. Sunday and before 7 a.m. Monday.

The thieves got away with a 16-foot utility trailer, and a wealth of equipment that often fills the trailer for use in maintaining ballfields, and other outdoor areas overseen by the county.

Stolen were five Stihl grass trimmers, two Stihl backpack blowers, four Sarlo push mowers, two McLane edgers, three Stihl blowers, one Stihl pole pruner, a Hustler Super Zero Turn mower, a Snapper Zero Turn mower, and miscellaneous items such as a water hose, gas cans, ball field rakes, residential rakes, shovels and slings.

“That’s a bunch of stuff they took,” said Millender. “They took one of our trailers, and they left some stuff behind.”

One thing the thieves thought to do was to remove and toss aside the license tag and inmate crew identification tag from the back of the trailer.

Millender said she thought the thieves probably stole the trailer, and filled it with the equipment from both sites, by managing to cut through land between the two sites.

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