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Sissonville VFD Falls Victim To Another Theft
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Jul. 16, 2012 10:30 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 16, 2012 9:34 PM EDT
Sissonville , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Another blow to the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department after thieves make off with some of their equipment.
The department's Loftis station has become the target of thieves yet again, but this time, firefighters caught them on camera. They're hoping your tips could track the criminal or criminals down.
"They're not stealing from the fire department, they're stealing from the community and that's what's said about it," explained Thomas Miller. "It's a setback that we can't really afford right now," he says.
The Eden's Fork Station is the target of a thief for the second time in about a year. In June of last year, someone, who was never caught, broke in their concession stand trailer and stole more than $1,500 in equipment. They used the equipment to raise money to rebuild their main station that was destroyed by fire in October 2010.
Now, another thief in the night has taken off with their utility trailer.
"The security system was installed to kind of monitor the property," said Miller.
Not taking any more chances, they had surveillance cameras installed, and it paid off.
You can see the thief roll up around 1:37 Saturday morning. They survey the target, and then come back around 2:30 a.m., cut the lock, and take off, trailer in tow.
"It's an important piece of equipment to the fire department," says Miller.
That's because it hauls the station's UTV. It's used in emergency and rescue situations, and was recently an asset in getting the community water and other supplies after the storm.
"Unless we can reach it reasonably from here at the station, which is about a 5 mile radius, it's pretty much dead in the water," Miller said, speaking of the UTV.
"We firmly believe that someone out there in the community knows something and we'd ask them to have the courage and step forward. We just want our trailer back," says Miller.
Firefighters think someone driving a light-colored Ford pick-up truck is the thief.
If you have any information, call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office at 304-357-0169.
Sissonville firefighters are asking for your help to find a trailer they say was stolen from their Loftis Station station over the weekend.
Former Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department Captain Tom Miller says someone swiped their utility trailer from the station on Eden's Fork sometime Saturday morning.
We're told the 16-foot long trailer is black, has a tailgate that acts as ramp, has a foot jack on the tongue, and the trailer's spare tire is mounted on the passenger side of the front.
The department used the trailer most recently to haul water and supplies to victims of the summer storm that happened late last month.
"We spent hundreds of hours helping our community during the last few weeks and now have to deal with a thief. Mostly, our community suffers when someone steals from our department," Miller said.
If you have any information, or spot the trailer, call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office at 304-357-0169.
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