There is a cash award for anyone that can assist a local businessman in finding a person of interest in a burglary at his car lot at 13680 Hwy. 641 South. The suspect identified himself as Michael Eipherjer, and was traveling by foot with a black dog, according to Jerome Kimbel, owner of Linda’s Place Car Lot in Holladay.
Kimbel said the man approached him on Tuesday, October 23, asking for additional work. “He said he already worked at the interstate, but needed more work,” Kimbel said. “I needed a day laborer, so it was a win for the both of us.”
Kimbel said it was not long before he picked up on behavioral issues with the man. According to Kimbel, the man even threatened to burn his business down after a disagreement. “He apologized and I needed the work done, so I allowed him to stay on,” he said.
By the end of the week, Kimbel was alerted by a friend that the man was living in one of his vehicles on the lot. “I showed up early on Friday morning found him and his dog living out of one of my mini-vans. I had to ask him to leave. He was very angry. He finally left. I didn’t feel well, so I went home that afternoon and returned on Saturday morning to find my business burglarized and ransacked.”
In addition, Kimbel said the man stole every set of keys belonging to the vehicles on his lot.
Over the weekend, the man was spotted walking with his dog towards Humphreys County on Hwy. 70. A police report has been filed and authorities are looking for the man. He is possibly going by an alias, according to authorities.
If you have seen this man, please contact the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at 731-584-4632.