Caught on camera: Thief makes off with nearly $20K of equipment

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A quiet night in Glasford on June 3rd, until just after 2:00AM.

A man, captured on surveillance video, cut through a barbed wire fence and crossed a field before busting into an equipment shed.

In all, the thief – or thieves – made off with over $17,000 worth of gear.

The homeowner, who wished to remain anonymous, was sickened.

“It’s pretty frustrating that some waste-of-life can come in and just break all your security and sense of security in your own home,” he said.

Police are following several leads, saying the thief or thieves might not even be from Peoria County.

The man captured on video is only described as a white male with a tattoo on his left forearm.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell says his office is getting an increase of theft calls as the weather gets warmer – especially in rural communities.

“We live in a world today where this isn’t uncommon,” said Sheriff Asbell. “It’s unfortunate – we’re seeing this time and time again.”

Asbell’s advice: don’t make it easy on a wold-be thief. Lock doors, help your neighbors keep watch over each other’s streets.

But for the Glasford homeowner who had all those, plus video surveillance, it’s not much consolation.

“He (the homeowner) did everything right, everything he should have been doing. There are just some bad people out there,” said Asbell. “You can’t prevent that.”

Anyone with information on the Glasford break-in, or who has had a similar theft, should contact Peoria County Detective Ben Johnston at (309) 634-4463.

You can also call Peoria County CrimeStoppers at (309) 673-9000.

Mason Dowling

Mason Dowling

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