Mason County Sheriff's Deputy Brittani Price is hoping the public can help identify a man who allegedly took a truck and tools from the Mason County Road Department.
The theft was discovered after a truck was reported on fire in Lewis County on Simons Road near Tollesboro, in the early morning hours of Dec. 18, Price said. The Lewis County Sheriff's Department responded to calls to emergency dispatch saying residents in the area heard an explosion, she said. Once the truck fire was discovered and put out, Lewis County Deputy Bryon Walker ran the license plate number which came back to Mason County Fiscal Court, Price said.
Soon after Mason County Judge-Executive Joe Pfeffer notified Road Supervisor Joe Brown, who discovered the missing truck when he reported to work at the county garage on Mason Lewis Road. In addition to the 2002 Ford F250 truck, tools had also been taken during the burglary, Price said.
Security cameras at the garage captured the alleged burglar on camera, Price said. The white male was described as tall and slender. He was wearing a camouflage jacket and beanie type cap and had a black mask covering part of his face.
Price said police have yet to determine whether or not the truck was burned intentionally but are continuing to investigate.
Anyone with information regarding the burglary should contact the Mason County Sheriff Department at 606-564-3309 or message the department on Facebook. All tips can remain anonymous, Price said.