Thieves steal parks and rec lawn equipment

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

The report by Investigators Brett Johnson and Duane Cook said they were able to locate the license tag, and two partial shoe prints from the site.

Millender said the theft means that she has just one of three inmate crews to work with during this busy time of the year for parks and recreation.

“I had to take one of my guys who worked an inmate crew and move him over temporarily to the beach cleanup crew,” she said. “We don’t have equipment to work with.”

Parks and rec was able to prepare the field Monday for the evening’s District 4 Dixie Youth Baseball championships. But until the equipment can be replaced, Millender said, the department will be shorthanded when it comes to its duties.

“I’m down two inmate crews,” she said. “We’re in our heaviest peak point in our season. This has put a big hurt on me.”

She said the county filed an insurance claim Monday, and that policy has a $5,000 deductible. In addition, Millender estimated the replacement cost for all the equipment will be about $23,500, and she was unsure whether the insurance company would cover the roughly $5,000 difference.

Millender has asked local residents to be on the lookout for anyone trying to sell these items, either in person or online. But she believes the thieves have probably moved the equipment off to a place where it will be easier for it to go undetected.

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