Over $30,000 worth of equipment was stolen from a storage barn near the Greenlawn School last week, including two orange Kubota rough terrain vehicles, which are similar to Kawasaki Mules.
Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves said between 3 p.m. Dec. 29 and 3 p.m. Dec. 30 the thieves broke into the barn, which belongs to veterinarian Dr. Corey Bates, of Oswego, and stole the vehicles, which have hydraulic dump beds, a Honda generator, a forced air space heater and a Lincoln welder.
“Some one broke the door knob off my barn, pried the door open and stole the Kubotas,” Bates said. “Everything they could load up I guess.”
Groves said the department has canvased the area in hopes someone saw something and also to alert the neighbors to the activity in the area.
Bates is offering a $5,000 cash reward for information leading to the return of his property and the arrest and conviction of the robbers.
Groves said they are following up on some leads generated by the reward offer.
Bates said he hoped people would keep an eye out for the Kubotas.
“There’s a lot of Mules,” he said. “You don’t see a lot of orange Kubotas.”
Anyone with information on the crime is encouraged to call the Cherokee County Sheriff (620) 429-3992.