Hempstead County lawmen are searching for at least two “persons of interest” in connection with the theft of several thousand dollars in equipment and furnishings from a rural deer camp in the Nashville area.
“The sheriff's office investigators have a couple of persons of interest they are looking for in this matter,” Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton said.
Singleton did not identify the potential suspects, pending further investigation.
Deer camp owner Larry Coger reported the theft to Hempstead County Sheriff's Department deputies, according to Singleton.
“Larry stated that sometime between midnight on March 26 and about 8 p.m. March 30, someone broke into the deer camp and his camper,” Singleton said. “Larry stated that he found that the back window of his camper was unlocked when he got there.”
The deer camp is located about four-tenths mile from Hempstead County Road 37 off Hempstead County Road 20 in the northwest corner of the county near Nashville.
Singleton said that Coger reported the theft of game cameras, video cassette recorders, televisions, deer feeders, fans, hand tools, a nail gun, a grill, several buck knives, a muzzle loading rifle, and several kitchen items taken from the camper.
“The camp house was also entered and several items were taken including hunting boots, coveralls and other items,” Singleton said.
Hempstead County Sheriff's Investigative Captain Frankie McJunkins said the missing items are valued at approximately $3,000 to $3,500. McJunkins said Tuesday that no other similar deer camp break-ins have been reported since the initial report by Coger.
Singleton asked the public to assist the HCSO.
“Anyone having information abut this theft should call the Hempstead County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division at 870-777-6727,” he said.