The McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in connection with the investigation of a burglary at Premier Outdoor Products.
Several individuals broke into the store around 3 a.m. Monday and stole 25 chain saws and five other pieces of equipment, including a backpack blower.
The business is located at 707 Augusta Highway and investigators are asking for information if anyone saw a box truck, van, or any suspirious activity or vehicles around the business at the time of the burglary.
According to the sheriff’s office, a white four-door car, possibly a chevrolet Malibu, was seen on the property earlier and is considered a vehicle of interest.
Also, the public is asked to watch the surveillance video to help identify the individuals involved in the burglary. That video can be found on Facebook, either at the Premier Outdoor Products page or the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office page.
The video shows at least three individuals enter the business and steal saws and other power tools. The intruders appear to have made multiple trips in and out of the store.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the MCSO Criminal Investigations Division at 706-597-385 or the tip line at 706-597-7337.
Kevin Burnley, owner of Premier Outdoor Products, said similar burglaries of like businesses have been occurring around the CSRA.
“A lot of Stihl dealerships have been hit recently,” he said.
Burnley points to similar burglaries at Pennington Power Products in South Augusta on July 4, Laurelwood Equipment Co. in North Augusta, about four weeks ago, and B&W Saws and Equipment in Wrens, back in April.
“We think there may be some connection, especially with the Pennington Power one,” he said, pointing to the video footage of both incidents and similarities.