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Aluminum panels swiped
Theft 'messed up' firm's business
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Forsyth County News
Anyone with information about the recent theft at Daryl Hovden Construction can call Crime Stoppers at (770) 888-7308. Anonymous tips are welcome.

Authorities are investigating the weekend theft of about $70,000 worth of aluminum panels from an east Forsyth business.

According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s report, the panels were taken sometime between midnight Feb. 28 and 8 a.m. Monday from Daryl Hovden Construction on Business Drive.

Scott Schaller, who oversees operations at the company, said the panels were on two trucks kept in a gated parking lot. He said the suspects also took the chain used to lock the gate.

The panels were used to lay concrete foundations, Schaller said.

“What they stole are the most expensive to replace and without them you can’t run a business,” he said. “We’re going to try to get by with some older ones we had stored away.”

Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said the suspects could try to sell the panels.

“They might take it out of the county and sell it as scrap,” Huggins said. “That’s typically what happens to metal that’s stolen.”

Schaller said someone took one of the company’s trucks in 2007. Since then, most of the company’s panels have been kept inside the building.

Schaller said if business was booming right now, the company would be “at a standstill” because of the recent theft. The incident has sickened him.

“It could be somebody that works for us ... they’ve messed up my world and now I want to mess up theirs,” he said. “I don’t know of a better way to put how I feel.”

Schaller said the company is willing to pay a reward for tips that lead to an arrest and conviction.