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Trucking company owner says crime is killing his business
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

LEE COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Lee County business owner says crime is killing his business.

Two weeks and two break-ins have cost the Xtra Mile Trucking Company thousands of dollars. Now the owners are looking for information that could lead them to a thief, and are willing to hand over $1,000 for that information.

"They came in right here, had a smaller lock on here and they sit her, popped the lock off and opened it up," said Eric Olerud.

Olerud thinks the thieves drove through his fence, knocked down his security light and loaded up more than $5,000 of his property. Olerud thinks the thieves even used his cart to carry off his property. It was sitting near the fence where the thieves drive into his business.

"I mean, it's taking food out of our mouths just to either make a dime off it, or dope whatever they're doing with it," said Olerud.

Olerud says the thieves stole dozens of brand new truck batteries, big truck parts, tools, thousands of dollars in aluminum truck wheels, and even broke into a customer's truck and stole a GPS system.

Lee County deputies filed reports on the thefts, but Olerud says they could do more. "They need to patrol a little bit more," he said. "Instead of catching two or three of them parked at a convenience store down there talking, or whatever they do, instead of doing exactly what they're getting paid to do."

Sheriff Danny Simon says he's dealing with nine unsolved home break-ins near the trucking company, but doesn't know if they're connected. Olerud says the crimes are killing his business.

"The biggest thing would be why?" he asked. "Why pick on us, the small person? I mean, we're out here fighting, scraping for everything we've got."

Olerud is also putting up flyers offering $1,000 for information on the thieves. The sheriff's office also needs your help to solve the robberies. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/15564101/trucking-company-owner-says-crime-is-killing-his-business

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