Albany police are investigating another heavy vehicle theft they believe is connected to the thefts of several other pieces of equipment in the past week.
Lt. Travis Giboney said the most recent theft happened about 5:45 p.m. Dec. 31 at Albany Rental, 2455 Ferry St. S.W. Someone broke in and stole a 2010 Ford F550 two-ton work truck, white with Albany Rental decals and a license plate of 642 FXH.
The department has surveillance video and is seeking a person of interest in the case.
The department also is investigating two separate thefts in three days at a city Parks & Recreation yard at 3650 Dogwood Ave. SE.
The first theft happened Sunday, Christmas Eve. Police say at least two suspects entered the yard and stole a 2008 Mitsubishi/FUSO brand truck, a 2017 16-foot PJ flatbed trailer, and a Barreto stump grinder, valued respectively at $20,000, $7,000 and $20,000.
All are still missing. The truck license plate is E242147, and the trailer license is E274092.
On Wednesday, Dec. 27, suspects stole a 1981 International 2-ton flatbed truck, along with a 2017 Morbark "Beever" M15RX wood chipper. The International was later recovered in a field north of Albany. The Morbark is still missing and is valued at $30,000.
"It's hard not to consider it related," Giboney said. "What do you do with big equipment like that. It's going somewhere."
Police are asking for public assistance in locating all the pieces pieces of equipment. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Albany Police Department Detective Unit at 541-917-7686.