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Thieves cut power, fence, then steal 6 backpack blowers

Three people disabled electricity at a Thompson Bridge Road business and cut chain-link fence before taking $2,500 in property, according to police and a representative of the Gainesville business.

The burglary took place after 2 a.m. Monday at Pro Touch Landscapes.

Pro Touch Vice President Zack Thompson said the suspects took six backpack blowers.

“One was actually on a truck in the parking lot that my guys had left out there, and the other five were inside the building,” said Thompson, who also represents Ward 2 on the Gainesville City Council.

To get inside the building, the suspects broke the glass with a bulldog statue primarily used as a doorstop.

The report listed the estimated damage at $1,800.

“They took the power meter with them. The power company is not really sure what their motive was with taking the power meter with them,” Thompson said.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thompson said the business was working on getting the surveillance footage to police.

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