Loyall city sewer equipment stolen

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

LOYALL, Ky. (WYMT) - Police say more than one thousand dollars worth of equipment was stolen from the city of Loyall in Harlan County.

Police say thieves took items from the city's sewer plant and grates from the town.

Loyall Police say thieves have struck all over the city, taking necessary items for water and sewer services.

"I don't know if it's planned or just random because we've had so many thefts through the city," said Michael Lunsford, Police Chief.

At the sewer plant, workers say someone got through a locked gate and barbed wire fence and stole a trash pump and extension ladder.

"It's a great nuisance. It hinders our day to day operation when they come through and do things like that. It puts us in a bind. We have to go borrow one until we get ours replaced," said Mark Duff, Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor.

They were able to temporarily borrow a trash pump from the city fire department. It will cost around $1,700 to replace permanently.
"The taxpayers is what's paying for this," said Lunsford.

Duff says thieves have also taken the grates from roads. Each one will cost close to $100 dollars to replace.

"It's getting very costly having to replace them," said Lunsford.

Police say there are no suspects in any of the theft cases.

"It's hard to determine right now if it's actually connected there's so many different types of thefts, so we don't know if it's connected," said Lunsford.

Anyone with information should come forward. All tips can remain anonymous. Anyone with information should contact Loyall Police.

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