Summertime means that summer crimes are on the uptick in the Cookeville area. Police are investigating the theft of more than $50,000 in lawn mowers from a business on Interstate Drive. Employees at Tri-Green Equipment, a local John Deere dealer, told police that someone had cut the fence on the west side of the property and parked behind the building. They then broke down another gate and were able to steal six "zero-turn" lawn mowers, valued between $9,000 and $12,000 apiece. Three of the mowers taken were still in their shipping crates. The business says two customer mowers and a demonstration model were also taken, and the thieves stole gasoline from other mowers on the lot by disconnecting the gas lines and draining the fuel.
Meanwhile, in other incidents, someone stole a TroyBilt leaf blower and a weedeater from the garage of a home on 9th Street; thieves tried but failed to break into one of the concession stands at the Park View ballfields; and two residents of Tanglewood Drive reported thefts from their vehicles. Investigation continues.