Statewide alert issued after equipment thefts in Vernon Co.

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HILLSBORO, Wis. (WEAU) -- An alert is being issued statewide after the Vernon County Sheriff's Office says two suspects stolen various equipment items from a company lot in Hillsboro.

The department says it happened Tuesday night at Hillsboro Equipment, off State Highway 80.

Deputies say the suspects stole a 2017 GMC Sierra Truck and a Gator Made Gooseneck Trailer, both were found in Illinois. Also taken were various John Deere items.

Deputies say the thefts appear well planned because the suspects spent almost an hour and a half at the lot, and used chains and load binders to secure the equipment.

An alert is being sent statewide.