WALKER COUNTY- The Huntsville Police Department is currently investigating the theft of a piece of City of Huntsville equipment as well as a theft from Johnson’s Wrecker Service. The department is also working with the Department of Public Safety to investigate a related traffic accident.
The incidents –which may or may not be related – resulted in a combined total of $22,000 in stolen property and one injury. Citizens with any information are encouraged to contact the Huntsville Police Department or Crimestoppers.
“On Tuesday, November 19 during the early evening hours, unknown suspects forced entry into a fenced area of the City of Huntsville Service Center, removing a Kubota Zero Turn lawnmower valued at $12,000,” HPD Chief Kevin Lunsford said. “The suspects loaded the lawnmower onto a trailer or flatbed truck and fled the scene, traveling north on State Highway 75 North and ultimately onto Interstate 45.
“Apparently, the suspects exited Interstate 45 at FM 1696 where they turned around and began traveling south on the interstate. Soon after, the lawnmower fell from the suspects’ vehicle and came to a stop on the interstate itself.”
According to information from the Department of Public Safety, the lawnmower’s location on the roadway caused a three-vehicle accident. One person received minor injuries and was transported to the Huntsville Memorial Hospital by Walker County EMS.
Also, during the overnight hours, a group of unknown suspects entered property belonging to Johnson’s Wrecker service by forcing their way through a perimeter fence.
“Once on the property, the suspects forcibly entered several storage containers and took several tools including a plasma cutter, a generator, a welder and several impact tools,” Lunsford said. “The value of the tools taken during this burglary is in excess of $10,000.”
The Huntsville Police Department may be reached at (936) 291-5480. Crimestoppers may be reached (936) 294-9494.
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