Thieves broke and entered Parsons One Stop convenience store along Route 16 north of Grantsville last night, taking a large amount of sporting equipment, beer and cigarettes.

"This was a big hit for us," said proprietor Paul Parsons. "We are asking the people in our community to please help us with this," he said. The thieves took several thousand dollars of merchandise, none of which was covered by insurance.

The owners are offering a $1000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the guilty party.

The store was entered sometime between closing Sunday night at 11 p.m. and re-opening at 6 a.m. Monday.

Authorities said the thieves are likely to be local, and could have been driving a Blazer or a truck with a topper.

The thieves took two BowTech bows, an antique recurve bow with single sliding pin, two Husqvarna chainsaws, Simmons scopes, sixty cases of beer, forty cartons of cigarettes, rub tobacco, turkey calls, snacks, fishing lures and supplies and miscellaneous hunting equipment.

The intruders pried dead-bolts open on double doors on the side of the store, said Parsons.

Parsons (304-354-6941) said the Calhoun Sheriff's Department is investigating. Any information should be directed to Deputy Carl Ballengee.

Thieves also broke and entered a fur and root establishment at Smithville the same night.

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