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FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2007

Thieves leave out pork during heist

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — Two thieves took a four-wheeler and Sun-Drop from a tractor supply place, but left the pork shoulders behind in the driveway and on the grill.

Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce said the thieves broke into the front door of Haney Equipment Co. on U.S. 72 between Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 7 a.m.

While inside, the duo sprayed fire extinguishers and then sprayed them in the exhaust system of a tractor parked outside, causing $3,000 damage to the engine.

They removed six chain saws and a string trimmer, Bruce said, and broke into a cooler at the rear of the store.

They removed three pork shoulders worth $100 from the cooler, but didn't take them for food. Detective Dustin Lansford said each shoulder was about 11/2 feet long.

Decorating with pork

The thieves left one shoulder in the driveway behind the store and the two other shoulders on a grill. They did not turn on the grill to cook them.

Lansford said the grill is one that store employees have for personal use.

Bruce said the suspects then stole a Yamaha Grizzly four-wheeler worth $4,799 and took $20 in quarters, a camera and lens worth $1,300, and 12 cans of Sun-Drop.

"I'd like to catch them and ask them what they were thinking," Lansford said.

Anyone with information can contact Lansford at 233-8700.

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