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Limestone seeks info on string of thefts

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

The Limestone County Sheriff's Department is looking for help in solving a string of break-ins and thefts in the northwest corner of the county.

Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said investigators believe four different cases Tuesday and Wednesday are related because thieves broke into vehicles and stole copper-related property from the residences.

On Tuesday or Wednesday, someone broke into a vehicle in the 25000 block of Salem-Minor Hill Road in the Salem area in West Limestone and stole a $600 Sig 9 mm handgun. Two aluminum rims and a radiators are also missing from the residence.

McNatt said investigators believe the thieves then went to Persimmon Tree Road in the Goodsprings community Tuesday or Wednesday. They broke into a residence and a vehicle in the 28000 block, stealing a .45 handgun, three boxes of 1210 electrical wire, three 100-foot extension cords and jumper cables, with an estimated total value of $1,250.

Thieves broke into a vehicle parked at a residence in the 27000 block of Persimmon Tree on Wednesday, but the victim didn't report anything missing.

Another resident in the 2700 block of Persimmon Tree Road was not so lucky Wednesday. Thieves broke into a vehicle and stole from the residents two 50-foot extension cords and 200-foot of 10-3 electrical wire, total value not available.

McNatt said investigators believe the thieves are stealing the wire so they can recycle the copper for money.

Anyone with information on any of the cases should call the Sheriff's Department at 232-0111.

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