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Police investigate theft from Franklin County business

Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 6:11 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2021 at 6:24 AM EDT
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GEORGIA, Vt. (WCAX) - The Vermont State Police are investigating the theft of a generator from a store in Franklin County.

The owners of Exit 18 Equipment in Georgia say the timing couldn’t be worse because the theft comes as they face a shortage of inventory. “It just makes you mad,” said Brenda Macy, the store’s co-owner.

She was the only one working when the $4,600 generator was stolen. On surveillance video, two people can be seen lifting the generator into the back of a pickup truck.

“He was asking about parts for a four-wheeler we don’t sell, and I made it clear we don’t sell them,” Macy said. “He walked out and I glanced across the showroom and realized one of our big generators was missing.”

She and her husband, Brett, said there has been petty theft before, but nothing like this. Brett said they’ve been open for about 25 years. “We’re a small family-owned business,” he explained. “It’s not like we have a bottomless bank account to replace something like that.”

He says their showroom is typically full, but it’s nearly empty as the business grapples with industry-wide delays in getting inventory. “The price of steel is up by three times. The price of aluminum doubled,” Brett said. “They’re having trouble getting help, so no product. To have things walk out the door is not helpful.”

A customer who witnessed the theft followed the suspects all the way to Exit 17 on Interstate 89 before losing them.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police at the barracks in St. Albans at 802-524-5993.

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