Police are on the hunt for suspects who stole more than $46,000 worth of equipment from Bramlett Implement, Inc., located on West Washington Street.
Lieutenant Don Miller with the Stephenville Police Department said five John Deere Gators, valued between $8,000 and $10,000 each, were stolen from Bramlett sometime Monday night.
“This is a major theft and it appears to have been well-thought out,” Miller said.
Investigators said they believe Bramlett was under surveillance by the suspects prior to the theft and that they crossed two adjoining properties to enter the property from a remote location. The suspects cut through two fences to gain access to the property.
Once inside the fence, the suspects allegedly drove the Gators about 1/4 mile away, where they loaded them onto a trailer and drove off, Miller said. The Gators were parked outside of the building and were not secured.
Four of the Gators are gasoline operated and have a roll cage and toolbox. The fifth is a diesel, and also includes a roll cage and toolbox.
Miller said employees noticed the Gators were missing Tuesday morning when Bramlett was preparing to open for business.
Anyone with information about this crime should contact Det. Sgt. Alan Williamson at 918-1273.
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