Crothersville police investigating break-in, theft at wastewater treatment plant


The Crothersville Police Department continues to investigate the break-in and theft of power tools from the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

The incident occurred sometime between April 26 and Tuesday, said Chris Mains, the town’s street superintendent.

He said town employees were busy doing ditch work Monday and didn’t notice the items were missing until Tuesday.

The missing items, valued at more than $2,700, include several cordless Milwaukee power tools, batteries and an Echo weed eater/trimmer.

Mains informed the town council of the incident during a meeting Tuesday night at town hall and asked for approval to replace the items that were stolen.

“A couple of those tools, we’re going to need pretty quickly,” Mains said. “Some of them, we didn’t use enough to really warrant buying those.”

He said the most-needed items include impact wrenches and a Sawzall. A bandsaw valued at $275 and a tube cutter also were stolen.

The town council unanimously agreed to allow Mains to spend up to $2,000 to replace the power tools. That money will come out of the sewer, street and water funds since all three departments use the tools.

Mains said he believes whoever broke in and stole the items went through the yard of a nearby home and entered the barn through the back door.

He said he recently spent nearly $380 on a security system with four cameras and is in the process of installing them at the plant.

Capt. J.L. McElfresh is the investigating officer.

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If anyone has information regarding the break-in and theft of power tools at the Crothersville wastewater treatment plant or saw anything suspicious in the area between April 26 and Tuesday, call the Crothersville Police Department at 812-793-0050. If no one answers,  leave a message for the investigating officer, Capt. J.L. McElfresh.


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