by Megan Schiffres
The Kilmarnock Police Department (KPD) is searching for two individuals suspected of stealing over $8,000 worth of tools from two local hardware stores.
Daniel Lee Gross Jr., 49, and Rachael Johnston Denny, 45, both of White Stone, are charged with two counts of grand larceny, two counts of conspiring to commit grand larceny and two counts of selling stolen merchandise with a value of $500 or more.
According to police chief Mike Bedell, on July 30 a chainsaw and two lawn mowers were reported stolen by Northern Neck Ace Hardware, 96 School Street, Kilmarnock. When the store investigated the incident further, they found that another chainsaw and a few other tools were taken by the same people on July 21.
Police identified Gross and Denny from store cameras and on August 1, obtained a search warrant for the suspects’ residence at 55 Summers Lane, White Stone.
The search of their residence recovered some small stolen items and evidence which led the department to investigate pawn shops in Gloucester for the stolen merchandise, said Bedell.
There, police recovered over $8,000 worth of stolen tools, including eight chainsaws, three air blowers, two lawn mowers, six drill kits, six drills, a saw, grinder kits and assorted garden items. Most of the stolen hardware was taken from Northern Neck Ace Hardware and some was stolen from a Home Depot in Gloucester.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of either Gross or Denny is urged to contact KPD, 435-1200.