Major theft at Fayette schools

About $70,000 worth of equipment, including a pickup truck that has since been recovered, was stolen earlier this month from the Fayette County Public Schools.

The theft occurred after someone unclipped a chain-link fence from its poles at the district's operations department on Springhill Drive, then rolled the fence down to the ground, district spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said.

A Ford F-350 pickup was taken, along with a trailer hooked to the pickup that was carrying two riding lawn mowers. Tools also were stolen.

Deffendall said the truck, which was found abandoned and out of gas in Scott County, is valued at $38,000. The truck is back in operation.

She said the other items that were stolen, including the trailer, mowers and a tool box that had been bolted into the bed of the pickup, have not been recovered. She said one of the mowers was valued at $12,500.

The theft occurred over a weekend — sometime after the end of the workday Aug. 7 and before 1 p.m. Aug. 9.

The investigation is continuing.