State police investigating theft from rock quarry

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BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia State Police are investigating a theft from a rock quarry on the Bill Grose Road.

Cpl. T.A. Menendez with the Buckhannon detachment of the W.Va. State Police said the theft included tools, Airgas tanks, welding supplies and cooper wiring.

The rock quarry is a former strip mine location.

The theft occurred between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. Thursday, when it was discovered, according to the state trooper.

“At least two individuals entered the property judging by the sets of tracks,” he said.

The chain on the gate was cut and the individuals gained entry to the rock quarry where they stole the tools, which included high-end impact wrenches and “all kinds” of hand tools, Menendez said.

“The machines are run by big heavy wire cables, and all the copper wiring was cut out of the machines,” Menendez said.

The state trooper said the sheriff’s department is investigating a copper line theft on Route 151 and the agencies are looking to see if the two are connected.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the WVSP at 304-473-4200 or the crime tip line at 304-473-1001.


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