Cumberland Co. Highway Department theft could impact roadwork

Cumberland Co. Highway Department theft could impact roadwork

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Thieves hit a local highway department stealing important equipment. Officials say the crime could impact future roadwork. Thieves hit a local highway department stealing important equipment. Officials say the crime could impact future roadwork.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) – Thieves hit the Cumberland County Highway Department stealing important equipment. Officials say the crime could impact future roadwork.

The theft occurred late Monday night into early Tuesday morning on Shorty Barnes Road in Crossville.

Crews had a large amount of equipment parked there while they worked on resurfacing roads in the area.

Randy Pryor was among the workers who made the discovery Tuesday morning.

"I started trying to turn on things and they had cut the wires to my speakers. My speakers were gone, my antenna. They stole the headlights," Pryor explained.

From cutting wires to steal headlights, radios, and even taking fuel out of the equipment, it was a complicated crime that stripped the highway department of a lot of roadwork essentials.

They've repaired and replaced some pieces, but others are still being worked on.

"As cash strapped as we are for funds, we are out here and have a schedule to cover as many roads as we can in Cumberland County. The damage that was done takes away from repairs in the county," said Scott Blaylock, Cumberland County Highway Superintendent.

Investigators say they are tracking down leads in the case.

"I hope they catch them and prosecute them. This is everyone's money they stole. It's taxpayer money," Blaylock said.

Two weeks ago, they had another unrelated theft at the county garage. Someone stole a battery and a few other items.

If you have information on what happened, contact the Cumberland County Highway Department, or the sheriff's office.

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