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Tools stolen in Ranson

August 02, 2000

Tools stolen in Ranson



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


RANSON, W.Va. - Construction tools valued at more than $17,000 were stolen from a van and a truck Tuesday night, according to Ranson Police Capt. Mickey Ballenger.

Ballenger said he believes the thefts were connected because tire tracks leaving the area of the two vehicles were identical.

All of the equipment belonged to R.F. Kline Inc., a contracting company in Frederick, Md., Ballenger said.

Some of the equipment taken from the two trucks is fairly sophisticated and not commonly found in the area, Ballenger said.

Ballenger said he notified local pawn shops about the equipment and asked them to notify police if anyone tries to pawn the items.

About $14,425 worth of tools was stolen from the rear of a pick-up truck parked at 109 E. 14th Avenue, Ballenger said.

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The equipment included a chainsaw, a ground tamper, a laser transit, a transit level, a grade rod, Craftsman tools and a transit stand, according to Ballenger.

The truck was parked at the home of a R.F. Kline employee who goes back and forth to job sites, Ballenger said.

About $2,980 worth of equipment was stolen from a van parked at 116 Ranson Estates after a window was smashed on the van, Ballenger said.

Ranson Estates is a relatively new housing near the Charles Town Races along Fifth Avenue.

Equipment stolen from the van included a portable air compressor, a finish nailer, two circular saws, air-impact wrench, a 14-volt battery-powered drill, a biscuit joiner and other powered saws and equipment.

Police believe the thefts occurred between midnight Monday and 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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