Letters to the editor

‘Thieves and vandals’ steal from elderly

On Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., thieves and vandals went to our dwelling on county road 42 and stole tractor parts and equipment. They also took several lawn mowers. One of the mowers was designed to cut brush and weeds and was in a locked utility building. I ordered this mower from Garden Way to cut places I could not get with a tractor. I can identify this mower.

After loading their truck – I believe it was a fourwheel drive – they broke into our dwelling, pulled the refrigerator in the kitchen out from the wall and cut the refrigerator line on the back of the refrigerator. They cut the condenser and lines out from under a chest freezer and tied a 1976 Datsun truck behind their truck.

The gates at the entry of our driveway prevented them from entering county road 42 from our driveway. They chose to go out at a small log barn at the lower end of our property. They got their truck stuck before they got there. They took loose the truck they were towing and began to work to get their truck unstruck. Someone saw them and called us. I called the Blount County sheriff. By the time law officers got there, they had gotten their truck out and were gone.

This special mower that was stolen is a high, steel spoke wheel with solid tires. It has no front wheels; it is chain driven with a Briggs & Stratton engine. It is a 24-inch cut with an ever blade release and hand-grip cloth lever.

My wife and I are getting old and can’t get around like we once could. We would like anyone with any information that would lead to the arrest of these thieves and vandals to please call the Blount County Sheriff’s Department or Crime Stoppers at 274-2746.

We plead with the ones guilty of these crimes to go to church on Sunday and talk to the pastor, who can show them how to get a change of heart and a change of direction.

G.B. Murphree