Salisbury Police: Three men steal high-end equipment from Tractor Supply

Published 3:21 pm Wednesday, April 8, 2020

By Shavonne Potts

SALISBURY — Police detectives are investigating the theft of high-end lawn and construction equipment from two local businesses.

No arrest has been made in either of the two incidents, said Salisbury Police Department spokesman Lt. Lee Walker.

On Tuesday, three men drove to Tractor Supply, 405 S. Jake Alexander Blvd., around 2 a.m. in a dark blue pickup that was towing a trailer. The trailer had a yellow zero-turn mower on it. The men loaded a chip vacuum worth $1,600 and a wood chipper valued at $800 from the business.

Walker said the equipment was secured outside the business with cable ties.

A Tractor Supply store in Thomasville had a robbery the same morning just hours before the surveillance video captured three men in Salisbury. A yellow zero-turn mower was stolen there, too.

Investigators are working to determine if two thefts are connected.

Detectives are also investigating an unrelated theft of construction equipment from Blythe Construction. Someone stole a Silverado 3500 pickup from the business, located at 417 Bendix Drive, sometime between Monday evening to Tuesday morning.

It appears the thief used the truck, valued at $20,000, to haul a black dump trailer that was valued at $6,000 as well as a $4,000 concrete saw and other equipment with a total value of $20,000.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office found the pickup on Goodman Road

It’s not clear if the pickup was broken into or someone had access to a key.

Anyone with information regarding these two incidents is asked to contact the Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333 or Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.