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By JUDY UNDERWOOD
Morgan County News Editor
More than $20,000 in equipment has been stolen from the Oakdale City Maintenance facility and Mayor Vic Jeffers is angry and disheartened.
Jeffers said he has worked with Paul Scarbrough (city recorder) for more than ten years to collect the tools the city needed for it’s maintenance department.
Little by little the mayor, who is often the maintenance man and mechanic, purchased generators, hand tools, power tools, a surplus dump truck from a sale by the Tennessee Department of Correction. Then in one night, it was all gone.
Jeffers said that someone gained access to the building by peeling back some of the metal sheeting. It was not easy to see that anything was wrong because the entry was made on a secluded side of the building.
Jeffers believes it happened sometime Saturday night but said he didn’t know about the break in until the sheriff’s office contacted him.
“I had the men etch ‘Town of Oakdale’ on things as we bought them,” Jeffers said.
An area resident came across some the of the tools and equipment while riding a four-wheeler in a wooded area near Oakdale. When he saw the name etched on the equipment he notified the sheriff’s office, according to Jeffers.
“This is kinda disheartening. I’ve tried to help make Oakdale a good place to live and this happens.”
Jeffers said the building was cleaned out and the tools and equipment loaded into the dump truck and carried away.
He describes the dump truck as a bright yellow 1988 GMC crew cab.
“It should be easy to spot and identify,” Jeffers said.
He added that there are suspects being sought for questioning.
Jeffers is asking anyone with information to call the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office at (423) 346-6262.