Metal thieves strike Prospect business

Posted July 30, 2012, at 3:38 p.m.

PROSPECT, Maine — The owners of Freshwater Stone and Brick Work, a business that quarries and cuts decorative stone, reported a burglary Monday morning that netted the thieves at least $2,000 worth of material.

Jeff Trafton, chief deputy of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department, said the burglary was reported at 6:21 a.m. A lock on a gate leading to the quarry, which is off Spout Hill Road, had been cut, giving access to the yard, he said.

A railroad car on-site used for storage had been broken into, with a heavy lock cut there as well.

Among the items stolen, Trafton said, were batteries used in large vehicles, various tools, welding leads, welding extension cords, a cord from a generator and 15 specialized drill bits used for drilling granite, each valued at about $60. One bit stolen is valued at $560, Trafton said.

Deputy Jordan Tozier and Deputy Jason Bosco are investigating, he said.