Authorities Digging For Loot After Multi-County Theft Ring Busted


UPDATED: Friday November 30, 2012 7:53 AM

Authorities are working to recover stolen property after busting a theft ring that lasted for years.

Investigators were digging late into the night Thursday as they pulled ATVs, dirt bikes, woodsplitters, power tools and more from the ground.

“In my 20 years, I have never been involved with this big of an operation,” Sheriff Keith Everhart said.

According to Hardin County Sheriff's officials, four men were in custody and facing charges in connection with the alleged crime ring that officials said lasted for years.

The Union County Sheriff's Office confirmed that they were assisting the Hardin County Sheriff's Office with an investigation.

“All these guys jumped out with rifles,” neighbor Dan Freeman said. “They were going around the whole house.”

Freeman said he was shocked when he saw a tractor-trailer pull up and deputies removed money from his neighbor’s home.

Chopper 10 was high above the scene as a backhoe dug up the home’s backyard.

Sheriff's officials said that one search warrant was issued on Wednesday and another on Thursday. Investigators arrived on scene on Wednesday and planned to be there through at least Friday.

Chopper 10 captured video of officials digging with backhoes through the dirt at a rural property near Mount Victory that officials confirmed belonged to another one of the unidentified suspects.

Officials also loaded items into a semi at the scene. Once the digging is complete, investigators must face the task of pairing the stolen items with their rightful owners.

“We will have to go through and run every serial number and try to find out the agency that took the report or the owner of the property,” Everhart said.

Another home of a suspect, located in the 300 block of Main Street in Mount Victory, also was being searched.

Officials said that they expect additional indictments.

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