Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 29, 2013

Police seeking culprit involved in Brushfork B&E

By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BRUSHFORK — Mercer County Sheriff’s deputies issued a BOLO Sunday (Be On the Lookout) for a dark blue or black, late 1990s model Chevy S-10 pickup truck that may have been used in the theft of tools from a Mercer County business.

Deputy D.A Furches of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department was called out Sunday afternoon to 20/20 Enterprises located at the intersection of State Route 123 and U.S. Route 52 in Brushfork related to a breaking and entering complaint that tools were missing from the business.

Furches said that a person or persons unknown gained access to the building through a door in the back side of the building. He said a neighbor told him that a pickup truck had been in the vicinity Saturday evening. The neighbor said he chased the pickup truck off, but it returned later in the evening and was parked in the vicinity of the back door where someone gained access to the building.

“I did not find any physical evidence inside the building, but his tool boxes and the wood-working tools he uses to build the buildings that he sells had been taken.” Furches said a rough estimate of the value of the missing tools is “less than $5,000,” he said.

“I still have a few more leads I’m trying to run down,” Furches said. “These tools are how this guy makes a living and keeps his business going.”

20/20 Enterprises is a family-owned manufacturer of portable buildings, gazebos and garages that was established in 1972.

Furches said that the incident may have taken place late Saturday night or as early as from 1-3 a.m. Sunday. He added that the investigation of the breaking and entering is ongoing.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com