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Family business hit 3 times by thieves

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Harbeson Brothers Paving and Sealing in Corydon sits 12 acres on the edge of Harrison County's Industrial Park. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Harbeson Brothers Paving and Sealing in Corydon sits 12 acres on the edge of Harrison County's Industrial Park. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Dallas Harbeson (Source: WAVE 3 News) Dallas Harbeson (Source: WAVE 3 News)

CORYDON, IN (WAVE) - A family business that has been operating in Harrison County for nearly 40 years was hit hard by thieves, and it wasn't the first time. The most recent theft was the third one in several years and police say the same thieves could be responsible.

The Harbeson Brothers Paving and Sealing in Corydon sits 12 acres on the edge of Harrison County's Industrial Park.

Normally, the sound of huge dump trucks revving up for a long days work can be heard all around, but Monday neighbors heard nothing.

None of the family business trucks were running thanks to thieves.

"Our trucks were vandalized and they took our batteries again," said co-owner Dallas Harbeson.

Again, for the third time.

Nineteen of the company's heavy duty batteries, worth more and $3,000, were gone, leaving just a few pieces of other equipment still working. What's worse? The batteries have the power to make or break a day's work for the small business.

"I was very mad again," Dallas Harbeson said. "It's very upsetting to know that you got these thieves that come in and rob you!"

After the second hit, the paving company put up new pole and motion lights all over the property. The third crime is paving the way for the Harbeson's to invest in a security camera system.

Harrison County investigators said thieves with the same M.O. may have burglarized another nearby business around the same time, but did not want to elaborate.

Mark Harbeson, one of the sons working for the family business, said, "I guess they (thieves) could sell them to other individuals that need batteries or they could scrap them."

For a family working hot days laying hot pavement for 36 years, it's upsetting.

"We're out here working and trying to make an honest living," Mark said, "and other people are just out trying to get something for free."

O'Reilly's Auto Parts of Corydon gave the family a discount on new batteries to try and help them out.

Investigators with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department said they took DNA swabs Monday and ask anyone with information to call them at (812) 738-2195.

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