BERRIEN CO., GA (WALB) - The Berrien County Sheriff's Office wants South Georgia funeral homes to be aware of a gurney theft ring going around.
Sometime between Friday night, October 17th and Wednesday morning, October 22nd, someone stole a gurney from Lovein Funeral Home in Nashville. A gurney was also reported stolen from a funeral home in Tifton and Adel during the same time period.
The suspect or suspects also attempted to steal a gurney from Music Funeral Home in Valdosta, but didn't get away with anything. Berrien County investigators believe the gurneys are being stolen for their resale value, which can range from around $2,000 to around $6,000. Investigators encourage funeral homes to not leave their gurneys in their vehicles.
"Be vigilant in securing their property," emphasized investigator Walt Kegley. "Possibly locking the gurneys up inside of the business instead of leavin' 'em in the vehicles, inside of hearses."
Investigators found a gurney pad on the side of the road Tuesday afternoon, but it didn't match any of the funeral homes.
Call the Berrien County Sheriff's Office if you have any information.