FRANKLIN, TN — A recent rash of robberies of chainsaws and power saws from Middle Tennessee hardware stores is raising the specter of a crime ring targeting high-end power tools.

Jason Kelton, owner of Kelton’s Hardware and Pet in Murfreesboro, told Channel 5 someone backed an SUV up to his store at 3:45 Saturday morning and made off with 17 Stihl chainsaws, worth more than $8,000. He said other area Stihl dealers reported thefts with similar modi operandi.

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