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Thieves steal trailers containing lawn, construction equipment in Madison County

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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