Commercial mowers stolen from business

Commercial mowers stolen from business

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Colquitt County investigators are reviewing surveillance video and tracking down leads. This as folks at the DeMott Tractor Company look at upgrading their security system and installing more cameras.

Thieves are suspected of cutting this fence and stealing nine Exmark Zero Turn mowers, like this one, from DeMott Tractor Company in Moultrie.

"You kind of never think it's going to happen to you, especially 9 zero turn mowers. So it's shocking news to us," said Seth DeMott, with DeMott Tractor Company.

The mowers cost between $7,000 and $10,000 each, totaling more than $80,000.

"This is not everyday we have these type of thefts, these large amounts. And the availability of transportation to move such numbers of items stolen is alarming to us and we're concerned about that," said Lt. Shawn Bostick with the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office.

DeMott says the preacher at the church next door notified them of the incident Sunday after he noticed the fence had been cut.

"They drove the mowers from right here where we are about 200 yards down there, shortly after dark time," said DeMott.

You can still see where the crooks drove the mowers off the property.

"We believe its multiple people involved. We're still investigating as to what might have been their means of transportation and where they might have carried these lawnmowers," said Lt. Shawn Bostick.

Investigators and store employees are hoping someone driving by on Sylvester Highway might have seen something.

"You would think someone would see them in here and all, but I guess they were smart and it was well planned," said DeMott.

For now investigators are looking over surveillance video from around that area in hopes of catching the crooks on camera.

If you saw something near the store on Sylvester Highway Saturday night into Sunday morning, or if you are approached about buying a mower in new condition from someone who is not a dealer, call the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office at 229-616-7430.

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