DANESE – A string of thefts over the last week has Fayette County residents on high alert, and fearing for their safety.
Four-wheelers are under attack.
“Between 2:00 and 5:30 Wednesday morning somebody came right here in the yard and pushed it out,” says Darrell Cole, “When ours was missing (neighbors) started telling us there's was missing.”
A rash of crime in a small town has law enforcement searching for answers.
Cole says he discovered evidence of the crime when he woke up, “The dew was still on the ground, you could see the imprints going out of the yard, two people pushing it.”
Capt. Jim Sizemore with the Fayette Co. Sheriff’s Department is investigating the sudden outbreak, “I think there's a least two of them involved, and they probably have access to a large truck or SUV to haul all this stuff away.”
Cole has all sorts of equipment sitting out in the yard, including that four-wheeler that was stolen. He's also got an $8,000 saw mill sitting out. The crime is making him think twice about leaving stuff in the open.
Power tools and firearms are also a target for these crooks. It's also making Cole consider the use of his own firearm if he runs into these bad boys again.
“I got a .38 lying in there, be right beside the couch,” says Cole, “And whatever happens, happens. That's all I can say.”
A spotlight lights the area where the four-wheeler used to sit.
“These people are not afraid. They're either stupid or not afraid,” says Cole.
Crime sprees are always unsettling for law enforcement, but for a town like Danese to be targeted is truly shocking.
“That is actually one of the more crime-free areas of the county,” says Sizemore.
For now, all you can do is lock the doors tight and turn on your lights.
“Somebody came within 10 feet of my house when my grandkids are in the house here at 2 o'clock in the morning to steal something...” says Cole.
He says he’s concerned for the future.
“What's next, the door?”
Original Story, 8/17/14 8:59 a.m.
DANESE - Authorities in Fayette County are investigating a series of thefts in the Danese area this weekend.
The 911 Center began receiving calls Sunday morning about several cars and buildings that had been broken into in the area of Loops Road.
About $850 was stolen from five unlocked cars overnight, according to deputies.
Several large tools are also missing from an outbuilding and garage of two separate homes. Those tools included firearms, an air compressor and chain saw. The quantity of thefts leads authorities to believe that more than one person is involved in the thefts.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the 911 Center at 304-574-3590.