Halstead business asks for help finding mower thieves

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By Adam Strunk

HALSTEAD — Troy’s True Value in Halstead is looking for the public’s help in finding $15,000 worth of stolen lawn mowers thieves made off with over the weekend.

Troy Smith said thieves stole three Country Clipper mowers and one Snapper Mower from his store, located in downtown Halstead.
Smith said the mowers were at the store Saturday but missing Monday morning, meaning they were stolen Saturday night or Sunday.
“I valued the mowers at between $15,000 and $16,000 total,” he said. “It’s kind of maddening.”

Smith said he could see where thieves started the mowers using generic keys and drove them off the lot.
He believed that the thieves had to then drive the mowers up onto ramps onto a trailer of some sort.

“They weigh about 600 pounds a piece,” he said, noting that they couldn’t just be tossed into the back of a truck.

Smith said he’s had inventory stolen before, like a chainsaw from inside the store last year, but never anything worth as much as the mowers.

Smith said he filed a police report. Harvey County Now contacted the Halstead Police Department but it did not have any additional information to provide on the case.

Smith asked anyone with information to call Troy’s True Value at (316) 835-2266.

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