Business owner has truck, thousands of dollars in equipment stolen while he was working

FAIRBORN — A Fairborn business owner had his truck and trailer stolen and now he’s faced with a tough decision: start over or call it quits.

Travis Sparks runs his own business called Sparky’s Lawn Care and Mowing. Within minutes, the future of his business was put into question after someone stole his work truck.

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Sparks said he was weed-whacking his grandmother’s backyard last Thursday when his 2000 blue Chevrolet truck was stolen.

“She came around and started hollering, saying somebody got in my truck and took off,” he recalled.

As reported on News Center 7 at 11:00, Sparks said he tried to go after the thieves in his grandmother’s car, but that didn’t work.

“I came back and talked to Fairborn police,” he said.

He owns his business and it’s how he gets by. Now, he’s not sure how he’s going to keep his business going.

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“Probably going to go out of business, you know? I’m gonna probably have to give it up because it’s something that I can’t really recover on right now,” Sparks said.

He noted that starting over doesn’t come cheap.

“It’d be $15,000 to $20,,000 at least that I’ve lost on,” he said. “And it’s the stuff I’ve accumulated through the years.”

News Center 7′s Malik Patterson went to the Fairborn Police Department on Saturday to see if they have any leads. They said they’re still looking.

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