MEDFORD, Ore. — Thieves are targeting construction sites and now construction companies. Police said it’s a growing problem that could be affecting your wallet.
“We’re having cases of construction equipment stolen every week, all the time, we never use to have that, it use to be once in a blue moon,” Lt. Mike Budreau said. “There’s no question that the thieves are specifically targeting construction equipment, construction sites.”
Medford Police said the latest target is NPL Construction where thieves stole $25,000 worth of equipment. Not included in that cost is construction jobs that had to be cancelled and cuts in wages because employees were sent home with no work. Without the equipment, workers can’t do their job.
“Not only do we have the cost of the equipment we’ve got to replace, we’ve got the downtime for our equipment, we’ve got lost production and then we’ve got guys that are looking to go to work Monday morning and now they can’t work because they don’t have the equipment to do it,” NPL’s Jake Walton said.
Walton said the thieves broke in through their fence Saturday night and went through the trucks. Four generators, three jack hammers, some water pumps and compactors were all stolen. He said the thieves even used their wheel barrels to load everything up before they took off.
Now, the construction company has to replace everything while its employees are out of work. The theft is affecting everything and everyone with ties to the company.
“It jacks everything up, the way we bid work, the way we pay our wages, now that’s just another added expense we’ve got to pass on,” Walton said. “The cost to replace this stuff compared to what I know that people sell it for is pennies on the dollar so it’s very frustrating.”
NPL Construction will now be putting up security systems.
If you saw or know anything in regards to this theft, please call Medford Police.
Source: By Krystle Henderson – http://ktvl.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/ktvl_vid_142.shtml