Burglary Team Takes $19,000 of Gardening Equipment in Three Minutes

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AMADOR COUNTY-

It all got started when the thieves snapped a chain with bolt cutters and opened the gate to Guy’s Saw Center.

They were only inside the Pine Grove store for three minutes, but did almost $ 20,000 in damage to the owners bottom line.

It’s the place to help you cut through, trim up or prune back any problem.

After 35 years in business, Guy Smalley and his Saw Center are known to have it all.

Sunday morning, surveillance cameras he  installed after a break-in last December caught a burglary crew intent on checking out with some of all he has to sell without paying.

“The outside, they knocked the handrail off the outside and literally broke the hinges and the lock,” said Smalley.

Once the sledgehammer routine was done, a masked six-man team trashed the inside of the store while snatching up brand name chainsaws  and trimmers.

They also toted huge, heavy generators back to the white Econoline van they drove to the heist.

Aside from those generators, everything else taken – including small pruning shears – make the Smalleys think someone stole from their business to start their own.

“Sounds like maybe a landscaping crew. To see how much they took out in that short a time really surprised us. You  get sick to your stomach, ” said Smalley.

“The thieves left Guy’s Saw Center the same way they came and other surveillance cameras actually captured their van headed west on Highway 88.

The trouble is Highway 88 connects to a road headed to Stockton and a road headed to Sacramento.

They haven’t been spotted since Sunday.

If you know anything about this crime you’re asked to call the Amador County Sheriff’s Department.

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