FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - Florence Police are hoping the public can help them identify three people who were caught on camera stealing ATVs from a local business and are likely connected to similar crimes in other states.
Police said two of the thieves went to the Pleasant Valley Outdoor Power store in Florence around 8:30 Tuesday night and stole an ATV that was locked to a chain.
The suspects reportedly cut the chain and can be seen on security camera footage pushing the ATV onto a trailer attached to a white truck.
Later that night, around 10:40 p.m., the individuals were captured on camera again when they returned to the store with a third person. Police said the three people can then be seen stealing another ATV in the same fashion.
"You get pissed. It's just, you work hard. You go to work. The sidewalk is full. Everything is chained down," Dirk Marder, the General Manager of Pleasant Valley Outdoor Power, said. "You get a phone call. You come in, and it's like there's two big holes, and it's like, you gotta be kidding me."
A witness at a nearby gas station made the initial call to police regarding the theft. The witness said he spotted the suspects acting suspiciously and reported it right away. Police said they immediately went to the scene, but by the time they got there, the trio had already left the area.
"There's been a large quantity of these types of items, off-terrain vehicles, four-wheelers, lawnmowers, stuff like that they have been stolen here recently," Detective Mike Dickhaus with Florence Police said.
Police believe the suspects responsible for the Tuesday thefts have been using the same white pick-up truck and the same methods to steal merchandise from businesses on both sides of the river in recent months.
"Just a matter of figuring out where they're taking those items and being able to sell them," Detective Dickhaus said.
Marder said that thieves stole lawnmowers from Pleasant Valley Outdoor Power in October. He suspects that case is also connected.
According to police, the truck is a white Chevy 2500 pick-up with a large dent on the passenger's side.
If you recognize the vehicle or the suspects, call police.
To protect yourself from becoming a victim, police suggest putting up surveillance cameras, keeping lights on around your business, locking up merchandise and asking police to up patrols as needed.