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Generator stolen from Occupy Lubbock

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock Police are looking for a suspect who they say stole a $400 generator from Occupy Lubbock.

The theft occurred Sunday around 5:30 a.m. Some Occupy Lubbock members say they were on site at 19th Street and University Avenue when a thief cut the chain attached to the generator.

According to police, the suspect then stole it and drove off in a white passenger car.

"And Loaded it into their car while it was still running, hopefully they don't have carbon monoxide poisoning," said one of the protesters Andrew McMillan.

Anica Wilson, one of the protesters says two hours before that she was a little shaken up.

"Somebody actually sliced open our tent which made us a little bit more nervous, a little bit more scared. I think they were watching for us to go back into the tent," said Wilson.

Once she and others did go back in, she says everything happened in a flash.

"Next thing we know the chains dropped," said Wilson.

She and her friend tried running after the thief.

"They went down the street on 24th took a right and we lost them," said Wilson.

The protesters say they don't think the thief stole their heating source for money, but rather to destroy their movement.

 "It's somebody that wants to shut us down so maybe they don't understand why we are here. We get a lot of negative insults but that actually makes us stronger," said Wilson.

So far they are stronger. The protesters pulled together enough money to buy a small replacement. On top of that, supporters provided two more generators for Occupy Lubbock Tuesday.

If the suspect is found and convicted, he or she faces up to $2,000 in fines and up to180 days in jail. Police ask you to call Crime Line if you have any information about this theft at 806-741-1000.

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