Authorities investigating theft in Pontotoc County

By Pontotoc Progress

The Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of a large assortment of tools and equipment from the old Hurricane Cotton Gin building on Highway 346, according to Deputy Chance Austin.

Austin said the stolen equipment belongs to Tim Buchanan, owner and operator of HydroPlus water maintenance, who is renting the gin building as a repair shop.

Buchanan is also the maintenance superintendent for Mud Creek Water Association, whose office is located across the highway from the gin.

The break-in occurred some time between 10 p.m. Friday (December 23) night and 10 a.m. Monday (December 26) morning, Austin reported.

Austin said tools and equipment were stolen from the office building and adjoining shop area.

Dewalt tools reported stolen included: reciprocating saw, impact wrench, four and a half inch grinder; 18 volt cordless grinder; 110 volt eight-inch grinder; six 18-volt batteries, battery chargers and a 12-volt charger.

Other equipment stolen during the break-in included: a Husqvarna chain saw; NAPA 250 amp battery charger; Tsurumi one-inch water pump with Honda motor; Stihl weed eater; a set of International Tractor three-quarter-inch sockets; and an oxygen tank with welding torches.

Anyone with information regarding the break-in is urged to call the sheriff’s department at 489-3915.