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Chainsaw located, returned to local hardware store

The chainsaw was returned to M&M on Tuesday, days after it was taken to a local pawnshop less than 1 hour after the heist.

A string of thefts could be linked to an $800 chainsaw stolen from M&M Hardware during the weekend.

The chainsaw was returned to M&M on Tuesday, days after it was taken to a local pawnshop less than 1 hour after the heist.

"When I got the phone call this morning, the guys says I think I have your chainsaw,’” said Scott Campbell of M&M Hardware. “I have got the serial number to confirm, and it happened to be a local pawn shop over in Weirton."

Prestige Pawn Shop owner Josh Lehman says he was surprised when the individual showed up at his door.

"It was Saturday morning right when we opened,” Lehman said. “I was turning on the TVs and someone knocked on the door. I never open the door until 10 o'clock.

"It was just one guy. He came in and told me he had the most powerful chainsaw. It was brand new, and he wanted to sell it. I made him an offer and took it."

Lehman's mother brought the missing tool to her son's attention.

"To be honest, I did not know it was even stolen,” Lehman said. “No one called here, no police, M&M did not call. It was not until I was at my mom's house, she was watching the news and said something about a stolen chainsaw, and I said I think I have it."

Immediately after realizing it could belong to M&M, Lehman called Campbell.

"When you lose something, you never think you are going to make it back, and I have to say that (WTOV9's anonymous) Crimebusters was one of the things that helped put that together for us," Campbell said.

The individual involved in stealing the tools is still on the loose, but both parties hope he is rightfully punished for his crime.

"I hope that when they catch someone, they do not let him go," Lehman said.

"As far as the penalty, it was a crime, whatever they can do, we will prosecute because we do not want more people coming in here thinking we do not prosecute," Campbell said.

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