Reward offered for information on business burglary


KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Vinland Energy is offering a reward for information about the thief who stole from the Knox County office.

Knox County Sheriff's Deputies say a man broke into the building in Gray on US-25E. Investigators say he stole thousands of dollars.

Vinland Energy employees discovered the burglary when they got to work on Wednesday morning. They say they found the door broken and files on the floor in every office.

"He ransacked all the offices. He had taken a shovel and for all the file cabinets that were locked, he had taken a shovel to enter them," said Barbara Causey, Office Manager.

Employees say the thief stole thousands of dollars and say he also stole their sense of security.

"It was just like coming into your home and ransacking it. You feel violated that somebody came in and went through your personal things," Causey said.

Knox County Sheriff's Deputies say the man disabled the surveillance equipment to cover his tracks.

"Seemed to be they were very familiar with computer equipment. Knew exactly which wires to disable," said Deputy Claude Hudson.

Deputies say the cameras still had one picture of the thief. They say the cameras caught him coming into the building around 9:30 Tuesday night.

The employees do not know who he is.

Vinland Energy is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

"We hope by putting this out in the public, the public will help us find who did this," said Causey.

"We need the public's help. We were able to retrieve DNA from the crime scene but we need somebody to compare it to," said Deputy Hudson.

Sheriff's deputies say they hope to catch him soon before has a chance to strike again.

Anyone with information on the burglary should call the Knox County Sheriff's Department at 606-546-3181.

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KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - Deputies are hoping a surveillance picture can help them find the person behind a business break-in.

The burglary happened at Vinland Energy in Knox County on Tuesday.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says surveillance cameras captured the picture before the burglar dismantled them.

We're told the burglar stole several thousand dollars in cash and left damage throughout the building.

Vinland Energy is posting a $5,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

We're told the burglar is described as a white man in his mid 20's, around 6'3", 170 pounds. If you have any information, you're asked to call Knox deputies at 606-546-3181.


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