The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of thousands of dollars worth of items and equipment from a local Christian camp.
Chief Deputy Ross Mellinger said the break-in occurred sometime during a 10-day period after Aug. 9 at The Wilderness Christian Camp in the Gay/Alpin Ridge Area of rural Jackson County.
The items stolen included multiple ATVs, utility trailers, generators, chainsaws, weed-eaters, leaf blowers, various power hand tools, gas cans, air compressors and even food and drinks from the kitchen, Mellinger said.
“We're still working on getting serial numbers together, but we're pretty confident that whoever did this went out there on multiple occasions,” Mellinger said.
Mellinger said the extent of the thievery was astounding.
“The utility trailers had flat tires. They went into the shed, got the air compressors to air up the tires and then loaded the utility trailers with the stolen items, including the air compressors,” he said. “They even raided the kitchen and took cases and cases of drinks and food.”
“It was just an incredible amount of stuff.
Mellinger said investigators are estimating the loss at $15,000-$20,000.
The thieves appeared to be focused on power tools and equipment, bypassing other items such as electronics,” he said.
Anyone with information should contact the sheriff's department on Facebook or on the tip line at 304-373-2209.