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Thieves steal trailers containing lawn, construction equipment in Madison County

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Thieves have taken at least four trailers containing lawn and construction equipment from Madison County businesses since last month.

Police are investigating a string of nighttime trailer thefts that happened in Highland and Granite City, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post Tuesday.

On Nov. 19, police received reports of two separate incidents in rural Granite City, police stated.

According to police, the first was from a home on Ferguson Avenue involving the theft of a 14-foot American Hauler Silver Cargo Trailer containing construction equipment. The suspect vehicle in that case is a light-colored, mid-2000s Ford SUV, which was captured on surveillance footage.

Another theft happened on Nancy Avenue and involved the theft of a 14-foot flatbed trailer containing a lawn mower, among other lawn equipment. Police stated the equipment taken in both thefts is estimated at more than $40,000.

On Nov. 28, a business in the 11000 block of Illinois 143 in Highland reported the theft of a silver Sure Trac 14-foot enclosed trailer containing lawn equipment and Stihl power tools, police stated. The suspect vehicle in that case was a light-colored, newer model Ford F-350 or F-450 dually with a flat or dump-style bed. A photo of the car was captured on surveillance footage.

Police stated they are unsure if the incidents are connected, but believe there is a “strong possibility” they could be due to their close proximity.

Anyone with information can contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook or by phone at 618-692-4433 or 618-296-3000.

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.

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