Local authorities are searching for thieves that vandalized and stole several trailers at Sunrise RV and Trailer Center in Shepherdsville, Ky.
According to WLKY, surveillance video shows three people breaking into the dealership and helping themselves to thousands of dollars worth of trailers.
Store owner Gary Myers found out his business had been hit Wednesday (Aug. 6) morning.
“We started looking around and noticed a lot of empty spots where the trailers were sitting,” he said. “We knew we had a problem.”
The thieves cut a hole in a fence on the south side of the business.
“They moved the cheap trailers out of the way and went for the expensive product, so they knew what they were looking for,” Myers said.
The TV station reported that the thieves stole enclosed cargo trailers worth about $9,000 each, plus aluminum trailers worth $5,000-$6,000 each, and at least one plasma TV was stolen off the wall of an RV.
Myers said a Hispanic man came to the store Tuesday and spent two hours asking questions about all the products. He drove a vehicle similar to one seen in the surveillance video.
Bullitt County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Thompson said the thieves may be part of a Cuban trailer theft ring from Florida.
“When they steal them, they go back to Florida immediately so somebody might see them coming or going,” Thompson said.
Thompson said there’s a loophole in Kentucky law that makes it enticing for trailer thefts. Unlike many other states, Kentucky doesn’t require trailers to have license plates unless it’s for business.
“We’ve always had trouble with trailer thefts in Kentucky, especially out here in Bullitt County, because everybody has a trailer,” he said. “It makes it, in my opinion, a target state for that type theft.”
Thompson believes the law should be changed to protect trailer owners, and he said it would also generate more revenue for a state in need of it.