Harlan County has seen a rash of thefts in the last few weeks, with residences and vehicles being targeted.
Linda Shackleford, a resident of Teetersville, said a person or persons made off with several items out of the basement of her home.
According to Shackleford, the thieves did not get away with the goods, dropping them a little bit down the road.
“We have a walk-in underneath our home where my husband keeps his tools,” said Shackleford. “They stole a pressure washer, a heavy duty Weedeater, tools, a tool chest and a Craftsman saw.”
Shackleford said a neighbor had seen two boys moving around the area at around 4 a.m. and called the police.
“He called Harold and Pat Sellers, and they called the state police,” said Shackleford. “When they heard the state police, they just left it (the stolen items) sitting.”
Shackleford said police did not catch the thieves, but they were able to retrieve the stolen items.
“We’re talking about forming a neighborhood watch, and the state police said they would help us with that,” said Shackleford.
Shackleford said she knew of one other break-in in the neighborhood and had heard of at least one other close by.
There have also been several reported thefts within the city limits of Harlan, including a break-in at Dry Cleaning Plus located on U.S. 421.
Harlan Police Chief Mike Thomas said there was some copper stolen from the establishment over the weekend.
According to Thomas, the incident is under investigation by Harlan City Police Cpl. Jeff Owens.
There have been recent arrests connected to thefts from vehicles in the Woodland Hills area.
Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter #joe_hde