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Theft ring nets half a million dollars in stolen equipment

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GRUNDY COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)  --  Grundy County Sheriff Brent Myers, investigators with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the National Insurance Crime Bureau have had tractors on their minds for the past 11 months. "We've recovered about $500,000 worth of stolen equipment," says Myers.  

At the THP headquarters in Chattanooga the back lot is full of stolen equipment. Its evidence of a theft ring spanning across at least six different states, from Kansas to Kentucky. "They were stealing it from those states and bringing it here and selling it," Myers says.

Myers says it all started when his deputies responded to a burglary in Monteagle nearly one year ago and its been growing ever since, hitting a half million dollars in value. "It'll probably be a little more than that by the time its over with," Myers says. "They'll make false calls to law enforcement about alarms and things like that to see how long its going to take them to respond. So whenever they do it they know exactly how long they got and what they got to do to get it."

Myers says they targeted a group of people who have been stealing tractors and reselling them across Grundy County for the past two years. "It could be as many as 30 or it might just end up four or five could be in charge," explains Myers.  

At least four people are in custody in connection with the investigation. Channel 3 was told those criminals are working with investigators to bring down the rest of the group and more arrests are expected soon. "We know exactly who it is," says Myers.  

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