ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) - Thieves in Hardin County are targeting old barns and sheds, according to the sheriff's office. But they're not trying to take what's inside, it's the wood on the outside that's being stolen. 

Pat Nelson has two old sheds on her property in Eastview. 

"They've been around as long as I can remember," she said. 

But the structures suddenly looked different a few weeks ago. 

"We noticed that one of the doors was missing and some boards were missing," Nelson explained. 

She says she thought someone had taken the wood to make a fire. "But then, about three or four days later, we noticed three or four more boards were missing," 

The sheriff's office says about 10 cases like this have been reported in the last two or three months. It's happening across the county. 

"We've had some barns, pretty much the whole side taken out of the barn," said Hardin Co. Sheriff John Ward. 

Ward says this is the first time he's seen thefts like this in his career but he's learned there's a market for old lumber. 

"Decorating inside a home, or also for picture frames, different pieces of furniture," he told WDRB News. 

Ward says those responsible are likely selling the wood outside the county. He's asking for the public to help him track them down. 

"Thieves get pretty inventive and if there's a new way that they can possibly work to make a dollar, they will think of it," Ward said.  

Nelson calls what happened to her sheds a hassle. They'll have to be repaired or torn down. It's a crime she says didn't need to happen. 

"Just a disappointment in humanity that people feel like they have to steal from somebody, even something that small and petty," Nelson said. "Probably if they would have asked us, we would have told them they could have it." 

Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call the Hardin County Sheriff's Office at 270-765-5133.