Three motorists reported the theft of their CBs at two different Huron County businesses this weekend.
Norwalk police officers responded to Norwalk Furniture, 100 Furniture Parkway, Sunday night and again early this morning in connection with two radios stolen from two tractor-trailers.
A third complainant reported the theft of his Ranger General Lee CB, worth about $285, from his truck after a vehicle break-in at Ruan Transportation, 6209 W. U.S. 20, Bellevue. When he reported the incident Sunday night, he told Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Shupp it happened "sometime over the weekend."
During the first Norwalk Furniture incident, a Clyde man suspected the culprit stole his Connex 3330 CB after breaking the passenger side "wing window" of his 2003 Freightliner, Norwalk Police Officer Chris Kelley wrote in his report.
"It should be noted this was the exact same method used to break into one of the trucks at the Northern Ohio Truck Center (involving) the same exact same make and model of CB radio," the officer wrote.
The break-in was reported at 7:08 p.m. Sunday. Kelley said there were "several other valuable items in the truck that were left untouched," such as credit cards, about $25 in cash and a satellite radio, and several other trucks parked nearby had not been damaged.
Sgt. Michael Conney responded to the second Norwalk Furniture incident reported at 3:24 this morning. The driver had his personal Galaxy CB and Turner microphone stolen from the 2007 Freightliner owned by Norwalk Furniture, Conney wrote.
The truck was parked in the north side of the factory with other semis.
"The small window near the bottom of the passenger side door had been forced out, allowing access to the cab by someone reaching through to unlock the door," Conney explained. He noted that "wiring was hanging out of the opening in the upper console" and the damaged face plate also "was hanging from the opening."
The Huron resident estimated the equipment was worth $450.
When contacted by the Reflector this morning, Norwalk Furniture spokesman Stephen Lewis said: "This is the first I've heard about it. I don't think it's a regular thing ... because I would have heard about it."
Lewis assumed that the victims would report the crimes to their supervisors first and then report the offenses to authorities. The spokesman said the last theft of a CB was three or four years ago.
Police have made no arrests and said the incidents, which possibly are related, remain under investigation.
Residents with information about the break-ins are encouraged to call the Norwalk Police Department at (419)663-6780 or the Huron County Sheriff's Office at (419)663-2828.