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LMPD asking for public's help to find suspect after theft of equipment from business

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Police are looking for suspects driving a green truck after thousands of dollars worth of lawn equipment was stolen from a Louisville business.

Surveillance pictures, captured by the city's real time crime center cameras at Waterfront Park, show a green Ford F-150 with a trailer attached driving east on River Road. Police believe it's the truck that hauled away as much as $100,000 worth of stolen machinery from Browning Equipment Company.

"It's frustrating. It's stressful,” said Justine Browning, one of the owner’s of the business.

Browning says they were notified of the break in the night it happened and the suspects forced their way into the business.

"It does appear that there was probably several people involved. More than one vehicle. It's hard to say,” she said.

Police say the equipment was stolen between 5:30 and 9:30 the night of Aug. 16.

"All the equipment was taken that night,” said Det. Sgt. Jon Lesher, LMPD.

Sgt. Jon Lesher says none of the items have been recovered.

"There was a $14,000 lawn mower, a 72 inch lawn mower, a zero turn lawn mower, a stand on mower, a walk behind lawn mower, a commercial grade push mower,” said Lesher.

Several chain saws, hedge trimmers and leaf blowers were also taken. Sgt. Lesher says police suspect the thieves are trying to re-sell the equipment.

"I'd be very skeptical if you get on craigslist and see any of the items I just mentioned that are on sale there for cheap,” he told reporters Monday.

For a local, family owned business like Browning's, the theft was a big hit. Right now they're working with their insurance company to see how much of it will be covered. The company is also trying to re-stock its inventory.

“That's really our main focus is to make sure the business still runs as normal,” said Browning.

Police can’t say if the theft was an inside job.

If you have any information or think you may have witnessed the crime, you’re asked to call the anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.

Statement from Browning Equipment Company:

"We want to thank our Community, the Media and the Louisville police department for their continued assistance in working to find the people responsible for the break in at our business.  We also want to give credit to the wonderful people who work for and with us everyday in the quick recovery process which has the business running as normal again.  With as many people who want to do good in our community, we believe that those who try and do harm will be overcome, and we are confident that those responsible will be stopped from doing future damage to others.  Thank you for the support and leads." 

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