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Thieves break into Kiel Equipment

Jamie Kiel thought he had everything in place at his business to deter would-be burglars from gaining unlawful entry.

That turned out not to be the case.

Kiel's business, Kiel Equipment and Rental, was broken into early Saturday morning. Kiel had an alarm system installed more than 20 years ago with ADT Security and that system includes glass smash detectors and detectors on the doors that detect when they are opened or closed.

A Russellville police officer noticed the broken front door early Saturday morning. More than $8,000 worth of Stihl lawn care equipment was stolen, including chainsaws, blowers and trimmers. Kiel said the alarm did not sound and the officer just happened to see the broken front door.

I called ADT Saturday morning and they said the earliest they would be out here was Monday. I called them back with a different tone and they were at the store to enhance security measures Saturday morning,” Kiel said.

This was the first theft Kiel has experienced at his business, located at 14696 Highway 43 at the intersection of Franklin 48.

We had some kids break in one time but they were still there when we arrived. We caught them and they didn't take anything,” Kiel said.

Described as a 'smash and grab' type theft, it likely involved at least two offenders, one of whom went through the bottom of the front door, handed the items to his accomplice who loaded them into a vehicle in a matter of minutes, Kiel said.

Russellville police encourage anyone with information on the burglary and theft to contact them at 256-332-2230 or to contact Shoals Crime Stoppers at 256-386-8685.

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