Authorities are following leads in a break-in at a Novinger Auto Repair Shop.Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick told KTVO Wednesday that people have been calling his office with tips regarding the break-in that occurred early Tuesday.
Surveillance video shows the burglary was the work of one man who broke into the shop three times. Sheriff Hardwick says he appreciates the public's help with tips in the case.
If you have any information related to the break-in at Novinger Auto Repair and Sales, contact the Adair County Sheriff's Office at (660) 665-4644.------------------------------------
A local auto repair shop was the target of a major overnight break-in and theft.
Novinger Auto Repair and Sales is now missing over $30,000 worth of equipment thanks to a lone thief.
Co-owner Leslie Prough's husband, Robert, walked into the shop Tuesday morning and discovered what had happened overnight.
"He opened the door, and I think he came in and all of the drawers were open in the office, and then he noticed that things were missing, and the door had actually been pried open. That's why the lock wasn't working," said Prough.
Surveillance video shows that the robbery was completed by one unidentified man. He broke into the shop three times between 1:20 a.m. Tuesday and 4:30 a.m Tuesday.
"The first one was at 1:24 a.m.," said Prough. "They were gone about 15 minutes, came back again, gone about an hour, and then they came back again, and I mean, that was it. They just had a big duffle bag they threw over their shoulder and carried stuff out under their arm each time."
The video shows that the robber was wearing a hoodie, mask and gloves. Prough and her husband are frustrated that their shop was targeted.
"If somebody needed money, needed help, we'd be more then happy to help people, but to just come in and steal stuff, it's really irritating," said Prough.
Owners of Novinger Auto Repair and Sales are now asking for help when it comes to solving who took over $30,000 worth of equipment in the break-in.
"We are offering a $500 cash reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible," Prough said. "If you know of anybody trying to sell tools contact us, contact the sheriff's office. Please help us get these people off of our streets."
The Adair County Sheriff's Office is still investigating. If you have any information related to the break-in at Novinger Auto Repair and Sales, contact the Adair County Sheriff's Office at (660) 665-4644.