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Thief steals Pike County man's business

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

In a matter of seconds Bill Dunn had his lawn mowing and landscaping business cut short when someone stole his 20-foot trailer filled with lawn mowing equipment.

"We had two weed-eaters, two blowers," said Dunn.

The list just goes on and on. In fact, photos given to us by Dunn show he had a couple of riding mowers inside, add it all up and you're around $40,000 worth.

Dunn says he has some insurance.

"That's where it was dropped off Friday afternoon by my employee," Dunn said.

Dropped off at its normal parking spot at a friend's business. By Monday morning it was gone. A 10-year lawn care business reduced to practically nothing.

"My heart fell to my stomach," said Dunn.

Troy police tell WSFA 12 News they don't have any leads at this point yet Dunn wonders how can you possibly miss a long, solid white trailer.

The trailer had no letterings on it and no tag.

"It's still a shock to me," said Dunn.

It appears the thief simply took the hinges off the fence, moved the dumpster, backed up his vehicle, hooked on the trailer and drove away.

On the way out the trailer scraped the roof of a nearby storage unit. This all took place on busy Highway 231 North in Troy, although it's not that easy to see what's going on from the road.

"We would like to have justice," said Dunn.

Bill Dunn is serious in trying to get his equipment back, so much so that he is offering his own money as a reward. 

It's a total of $2,500; $1,500 for the recovery of the lawn equipment including the trailer and $1,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects.

WSFA 12 News was unable to confirm this but Dunn says he knows of at least 8 cases of theft involving lawn mowing equipment in Troy. Dunn is asking anyone who can help to call the Troy Police Department.

For now Mr. Dunn stands on the eve of another mowing season and starting over from the ground up.

"We're lucky in that we do have two mowers to work with," Dunn said.

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