The remote mountain home of outspoken environmental activist Larry Gibson was burglarized last week, and Gibson, who says he has been the victim of previous acts of targeted violence, suspects his standpoint on mountaintop removal coal mining played a role in the incident. A state trooper investigating the crime isn’t ruling out the possibility either.
Gibson, who was out of town at the time of the break-in, says he doesn’t think it was a run-of-the-mill theft.
“It was well-calculated and risky,” he said.
Among the items stolen from the cabin on Kayford Mountain are a solar panel, 7 D-cell batteries, chainsaws, a miner’s lamp belonging to Gibson’s father, an old Brownie camera, an heirloom bucksaw, and an antique trunk.
The perpetrators smashed windows and pilfered through the house, leaving it “upside down,” says Gibson.