$850 worth of tools stolen from water utility truck

Published 8:48 am Friday, June 5, 2015

Police are investigating a weekend burglary in which more than $800 worth of tools were stolen from a local water department.
An employee of First Utility District in Stoney Creek reported the theft to the Carter County Sheriff’s Department Monday. A work truck belonging to the utility was broken into sometime between Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, employee Jonathan Nidiffer said.
The truck was parked in a fenced in lot at the utility office when the burglary happened, he said, adding that he did not see any damage to the truck from the break-in.
On Saturday afternoon, Nidiffer stopped by the water department office and found several of the utility doors on the passenger side of the work truck were open. He noticed two tool bags were missing, but it was not until Monday that he found out the bags had been stolen, CCSD Deputy Tonya Range said.
Among the tools reported missing were a screwdriver set, a 20-piece socket set, an 11-piece socket set, a large adjustable wrench set, a combination wrench set, pipe wrenches and a work light.
Many of the tools were either Craftsman or Dewalt brand. Nidiffer estimated the value of the stolen tools to be $848.99.
Nidiffer provided Range with the name of someone he suspected of taking the tools.
Anyone with any information about the break-in is asked to contact the Carter County Sheriff’s Department at 423-542-1845.

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