Police Search for Accused Theft Ring “Master-Mind”

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Law enforcement in north-west Alabama are searching for a husband and wife in connection with what authorities call a theft ring.

Russellville police are on the lookout for Harry Wayne Roberts, and his wife, Stacy Elaine Murray.

Authorities spent the weekend looking for the two, and hope someone who sees this has the information they need.

Despite being locked up and behind chain-link fencing, Russellville Police say Kubota tractors have been the target of thieves.

Police Chief Chris Hargett said since January, vandals have struck a business on U.S. 43 on two occasions, and a residence on Lagrange Road once.

“Since that time, also Colbert County law enforcement authorities have been investigating thefts of this same type equipment,” explained Hargett.

With information obtained after two arrests in Colbert County last week, Russellville Police said they have been able to pin-point Harry Wayne Nash as a ring leader for the thefts.

According to police, he would send others out to steal the equipment, and then he would sell it.

“These are Kubota farm type tractors and atv’s,” said Hargett. “They are not just petty things, these are several thousand dollars. I think just the thefts here in Russellville; we are already over $40,000 worth of equipment.”

And by getting Nash and Stacy Murray off the streets, police believe it will bring an end to these high dollar thefts.

If you have information that can help police, you are urged to call the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 256-386-8685.

A cash reward is available for these arrests.

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