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Deputies: Croft State Park falls prey to thieves

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Croft State Park is located in Spartanburg County. (Jan. 14, 2014/FOX Carolina) Croft State Park is located in Spartanburg County. (Jan. 14, 2014/FOX Carolina)
The boat house at Lake Craig at Croft State Natural Area. (Source: SC Dept. of Parks) The boat house at Lake Craig at Croft State Natural Area. (Source: SC Dept. of Parks)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said they are investigating the damage and theft of several items including an ATV from Croft State park in Spartanburg.

According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office report, deputies were called to the state park located on Croft State Park Road Monday morning after an employee discovered the gate open and several items missing.

Sometime between 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday, deputies said thieves cut open the entrance gate's lock and broke into storage buildings at the boat hose and horse stalls.

According to the report several items were stolen including a trolling motor, marine battery, pressure washer, tool box, logging chains and duck boxes from the park.

The victim told deputies he believes the thieves drove onto the property, parked behind the horse stalls and pulled or rolled out a green and black Polaris Ranger TM 4WD ATV with a covered cab and a manual dump bed valued at $10,000 from the shed by the stalls.

In addition to breaking locks and hinges to get into the closed-off areas, deputies said the burglars damaged a post that supports the shed where the ATV was kept.

Croft State Park is owned and operated by South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. It was once an Army training base and the park covers more than 7,000 acres a few miles south of downtown Spartanburg.

Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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