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Vehicles targeted for theft at hotels

Feb. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

BARBOURSVILLE -- Four people filed reports with the Cabell County Sheriff's Office since Jan. 29 about items stolen from their vehicles while parked at hotels.

Two of the incidents took place at the Best Western in Barboursville, while the two others were reported at the Days Inn in the 5000 block of U.S. 60 in Huntington and the Super 8 Motel in the 3000 block of 16th Street Road in Huntington.

The first incident was reported at the Best Western last Wednesday morning from a man from Arkansas. He told deputies more than $1,000 worth of tools were taken from his work truck while it was parked there overnight. That included a laptop and case, a climbing kit, a full tool bag, $80 in change and currency and a chain saw case.

The second Best Western incident was reported Sunday morning and believed to have taken place between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday.

A man from Georgia reported that someone cut the locks off the toolbox in the back of the truck and took a drill, label maker, drill bit set, heat gun, hole saw and other tools. His loss is estimated at about $1,000.

The other two incidents took place either late Friday night or early Saturday morning. At the Super 8 incident, a Lumberport, W.Va., man reported that several musical instruments had been stolen from a trailer he was pulling behind his vehicle. Some of the items were property of Lincoln County High School, while others were his. The items included a trumpet, trombone, cymbals and electronic percussion equipment. The loss is estimated at more than $20,000.

The Days Inn incident, involving a Florida man working for the same company as the victim from Georgia, also included similar circumstances. An unsecured toolbox in the bed of the truck had been opened and nearly $1,000 worth construction items and a body harness were missing.