Times-Tribune Staff Report

The state highway department is digging for information on the apparent theft of a backhoe.

The 2005 Case model 580M backhoe was being used in a sidewalk construction project on Barbourville’s North Main Street, said Jonathan Dobson of the Manchester office.

Witnesses said they heard the equipment being started and driven away about 2 a.m. on Wednesday.

The yellow piece of equipment, weighing between 9 and 10 tons, is equipped with a 4x4 extendahoe, a swivel bucket and an enclosed cab.

The state identification number painted on the equipment is 1515-310.

The state paid $58,217 when it was bought in 2005, Dobson said.

Anyone with information about the theft should call the Kentucky State Police at 606-878-6622 or 606-573-3131, the Knox sheriff at 606-546-3181 or Barbourville police at 606-546-3441.

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