Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the owners of stolen property found recently in the McPeeks Branch area of Letcher County.
Letcher County and Wise County sheriff ’s departments recovered a 14-foot pull trailer, a backhoe, hand tools, a firearm and other items estimated to be worth a total of $60,000.
The trailer, some tools and other items have specifi c markings, said Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department.
The backhoe has been returned to the owner who lives in Virginia.
Damron said at least three arrests will be made in this case. Evidence will be presented to the Letcher County Grand Jury.
“Crimes such as this are becoming more familiar to us,” said Damron. “This area is already devastated by a high unemployment rate, but the people who are stealing these aren’t the people who are affected by that but the victims are the people who are the victims of unemployment. They park their trucks that they would normally be taking to work or to jobs sites and it becomes opportunistic for the thieves to go after.”
Damron said Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb and Wise County Sheriff Ronnie Oakes are working diligently to return the property to the rightful owners. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department at 633- 2293 or the Wise County Sheriff ’s Department at (276) 328-9647.