Couple: Men stole antique barn wood

Two men take antique barn wood from private property near Greenville. (Courtesy Carissa Boone Allen Mingori via ReportIt - July 14, 2014)

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — A woman says two men intimidated her and then stole antique barn wood from her family’s Greenville-area property.

Carissa Boone and her fiancé Allen Mingori recently bought a home just outside of Greenville to refurbish. The previous owners had demolished the barn down and left the wood, which Boone and Mingori said were waiting for a company to come collect. They didn’t realize that it can be valuable.

Monday afternoon, Boone was at home with her four children when she noticed a truck and trailer parked near the driveway. Soon, a man came to the back door and asked if he could have the wood.

She said no.

“Another gentleman came out of the vehicle and they both came back up to the door and I told them that it wasn’t for taking, ’cause they asked how many they could take,” Boone said. “They were trying to intimidate me — and I was intimidated and I had kids here. So I told him he couldn’t have any of it.”

But the men didn’t take no for an answer.

“He came up to the door and said, ‘We’re taking it.’ He stood here while the other guy was loading it up,” Mingori said.

“What am I going to do? I had four kids here and there’s me,” said Boone.

Boone snapped some pictures of the truck and the men from inside her home. She said she hopes someone may recognize them or their vehicle.

“Broad daylight. They didn’t care,” Boone said.

“Came up like they owned the place,” Mingori added.

Mingori called the police, who came out and took a report of the incident.

He also looked through photos of people and vehicles taken by a local scrap yard, but did not see the men or their truck.

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