LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Management at a small business in Lexington said a thief did his homework before stealing a trailer from his Liberty Road shop. But, in the end, it may be what leads to an arrest.
“In under a minute, they pulled up, backed up to it, hooked up to it and gone,” said Kevin Fuller, vice president of Dickerson’s Refrigeration.
Fuller is talking about the company’s 20-foot, dual axle, tilt deck trailer, which was a fairly new addition. Something that made business flow just a little easier.
“One of the small little luxuries we were able to save and scrounge and get and now it’s gone. Probably for someone to sell to someone else for nickels on the dollar,” Fuller said.
His hunch was right. When Fuller rolled back the company’s security video, he found that the driver of the truck had scoped out the property before. Once on Thursday, and again on the Friday before it was stolen in the early morning hours of Feb. 14.
An employee calls the theft, sad. “Do you have to spend twice the amount of what something’s worth just to keep it when it’s yours? Do I need to bolt all of my property to the ground it sits on just to be able to keep what’s mine?”
The video from the actual, overnight theft is grainy. But, because the driver had cased the property before, Fuller found daylight video of the truck. And, police say it’s a unique one.
“The thing is, you can’t really see who the suspect is,” said Det. Anthony Delimpo of the Lexington Police Department. “But, we have an excellent shot and video of the suspect vehicle. It’s a GMC or Chevy truck, the driver’s side rear window is completely gone. There’s cardboard and some tape around the window. So, it’s a very unique vehicle and beige in color, too.”
Dickerson’s has been quoted a 70 to 80 week wait for a new trailer.
Fuller said the small business survived the pandemic. They’ll get through this, too.
“We made it on the other side, now any bit of positive we took from it, somebody has taken from me. It’s depressing, it’s sad, but you know, we’ll figure it out,” Fuller said.
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