The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of metal forging equipment worth over $5,000 from a shop in the Brushy Mountain community.

Kyle Gahagen, a professional knife maker, reported to the sheriff’s office on Feb. 22 that a two-burner forge, anvil, drill press, portable band saw, 2.5-pound hammer and a block of Damascus steel about the size of a brick were stolen from his shop, which is near his home off Brushy Mountain Road.

Gahagen was out of town when the items were taken. Deputy Robbie Martin reported that there was no no sign of forced entry and the door has a keypad lock. The report said no information on suspects was provided.

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