Business owner seeks answers after thefts

March 7, 2012 7:46:03 PM PST
A young Cumberland County business owner is struggling to save his business. However, Brian Moody isn't a victim of the economy, but thieves.

For nearly a year, Moody sold and installed custom granite countertops but the thieves pretty much put him out of business.

"I'm struggling. I'm not even doing granite anymore," said Moody. "I'm actually branching out doing other things just to put food on the table."

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department said thieves stole more than $30,000 in equipment from Moody's shop last August.

Moody said the thieves cut a hole in a back fence and broke through a rear door. Moody said he's heard nothing from sheriff's detectives so far.

"Since the original complaint in August, they have not called me back," said Moody. "I'm not sure what happened."

What's worse, Moody said he went back to his shop Monday and discovered he had been robbed again. This time a security camera on a nearby building caught the thieves hauling away pieces of scrap metal. An office worker got a cell phone picture of the suspect's car before it sped off.

Now, Moody is waiting to talk with detectives about this case too.

"At this point, I am just waiting to hear," he said. "I've left some messages."

A spokesperson for the sheriff's department told ABC11 that detectives are actively working both cases. They said sometimes investigations like Moody's can be painstakingly slow.

In the meantime, Moody has put extra security around his workshop. He's offering a reward for the return of at least some his stolen equipment, so he can get back to his business and his dream.

"It would be great to have those pieces of equipment back so I could get going again and just be able to support myself," said Moody. "It would be great to have to pieces back in my possession."

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