More than $150,000 worth of equipment was stolen from Bramlett Implement, Inc. Monday morning between midnight and daybreak.
Stephenville police were contacted about 7 a.m. by a Bramlett employee who noticed the equipment missing.
Chief Roy Halsell said a Gator and six zero turn-radius lawn mowers of various makes and models were loaded onto a 2000 Freightliner truck and a 2005 low-bed trailer. The mowers varied in price from $6,500 to $16,300, and the truck and low-bed trailer are worth $35,000 and $40,000.
The truck and trailer were recovered about 2:30 p.m. Monday in Dallas after a truck driver who delivers to Bramlett spotted them parked on the side of a highway and called Bramlett. The trailer, however, was empty and the thieves made off with the mowers and Gator.
“It’s unfortunate that crime has gotten to this point,” co-owner Todd Bramlett said of the theft. “They just come in and take what you’re working for. I hope someone comes forward to help us catch those responsible.”
Halsell said the police are working with the Department of Public Safety Stolen Auto Taskforce to process the vehicle.