BY KEN LITTLE
A number of burglaries and thefts from properties in the county in recent days remain under investigation by sheriff's deputies.
A burglary Friday at a house being remodeled in the 1600 block of Mt. Carmel Road was reported Saturday.
The owners live in North Carolina, Deputy Anthony Pruitt said in a report.
"While walking through the house, I found several outlets where wiring was being pulled out and several areas of copper wire had also been damaged," the report said. An outbuilding door was also forced open, the report said.
A neighbor told deputies that he saw a black truck in the driveway on Saturday and spoke to two men in the truck.
"He stated the guy told him they were contracted to clean the property up. [The man] asked him why his truck did not have a tag, and he stated it was in cab of the truck," the report said.
The man took several pictures of the truck and its occupants. The man who spoke to the neighbor "started the vehicle and drove away," the report said.
Stolen from the house and surrounding property were electrical wiring, a copper water line, carpet and padding, a well pump and a chain link fence. The items are collectively valued at more than $3,000.
Damage to doors and windows on the house and a shed totals about $750.
Other reports include:
* Antique guns and other possessions worth more than $3,500 were taken April 11 in a house burglary in the 1100 block of Dunham Road, Deputy Stacey Lawing said in a report made available Tuesday.
The homeowner told deputies he returned home to find "someone had entered the basement by kicking a door in," the report said.
The house was entered through an unlocked rear window, the report added.
Property taken includes a 16-gauge shotgun, a nickel-plated rabbit-ear hammer gun, a Navy Colt replica pistol, a Weatherby six-shot gun, a Grill Master gas grill, a Troy-Bilt push mower, a Troy-Bilt weed trimmer, a Husqvarna chain saw, a Poulan chain saw, a Skil miter arm saw, a Skil table saw, a Kobalt tool box with tools, a Billy Cook saddle, and a Skil drill.
Damage to doors totals $250.
A "long white van with a blue stripe occupied by two males possibly pulled out of the victim's driveway right as he got home," the report said.
* A black tractor bumper, a J.C. Penney car battery and other possessions were stolen between Jan. 15 and Monday from a barn in the 1400 block of Doughty's Chapel Road, Lawing said in a report.
The owner went into the barn Monday and noticed the missing items, the report said.
Also reported stolen were a tractor draw bar, two sway bars and 12 fence posts.
The value of the stolen items is about $500.
* A window was broken out between 5:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at a house in the 10900 block of Lonesome Pine Trail, Deputy Brandon Baskette said in a report.
The victims told deputies that a 32-inch flat-screen Vizio television was stolen, along with an Xbox 360 game system. The items are valued at $250 and $300, respectively.
Damage to the bedroom window is $100.
A possible male suspect is named.
* A burglary between Monday, April 8, and Friday, April 12, in the 2000 block of Fishpond Road was reported on Sunday, Deputy Robert Livingston said in a report.
The victim told deputies that someone entered the house while she was gone and took $475 in cash from the two occupants.
There were no signs of forced entry. A possible male suspect is named in the report.
* Property including two square hay-balers and a blue-and-white truck cab were stolen from the 3900 block of Afton Road, Deputy Aaron Rogers said in a report.
The property-owner told deputies that the theft occurred between Feb. 26 and Saturday, April 13.
The hay-balers are collectively valued at $1,200.
* A burglary between 11 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Friday was reported in the 2000 block of Chimney Loop Road, Deputy Livingston said in a report.
An unlocked back window was used to get into the house, the victim told deputies.
"Several items were moved," but nothing was immediately found to be missing, the report said.
* An April 8 burglary in the 1700 block of Fairview Road was reported Saturday, Lt. Wesley Holt said in a report.
The victim told deputies that $12 in "loose change" was taken from the Afton mobile home.
A witness saw a woman remove an air conditioner to gain entry to the mobile home. A possible female suspect is named in the report.
* A rear sliding door at a house was pried open between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the 100 block of Harrison Road, Lt. Holt said in a report.
Stolen were an Xbox 360 game system and about 14 video games. The items are together valued at $550. Damage to the door totals $250.
A possible male suspect was seen near the house the day of the burglary, the report said. He is named in the report.