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Thieves steal $50,000 in lawn equipment


OKLAHOMA CITY — A metro lawn service is at a loss after all of their lawn equipment was stolen from right in front of the owner’s house.

Now the family is pleading with someone to return the equipment so they can get back to work.

Melissa Gilliam said, “My husband calls me and says, ‘Where’s my truck?’ I told him it was in the driveway. He said, ‘It’s gone!'”

The missing truck is a dark green Ford F-250, 4×4 with metallic flakes.

Attached to it was a 16-foot, blue landscape trailer full of equipment.

Two zero turn mowers, edgers, generators and numerous other items were on the trailer; Melissa said a total loss of just over $50,000.

Wednesday morning, Melissa had already left for work when she said someone jumped in her husband’s truck and took off in their Southwest Oklahoma City neighborhood.

It’s left her family without their property and losing business.

The lawn equipment is needed for her husband’s landscape company.

She said, “He’s having to call his customers and tell them he can’t do it.”

Neighbors saw the truck parked along the curb and then watched as it took off.

They said it turned down the nearest street and disappeared.

Neighbor Mike Weed said, “They turned first opportunity. I guess to get out of site. I just thought it was him going to work.”

Unfortunately Melissa’s neighbors did not see the driver.

Her husband has filed a police report.

They’re now hoping someone will see their trailer and help them get their property back so her husband can get return to work.

She said, “It took everything away from us and left us in debt. We can’t even mow our own lawn or pay our bills now.”

Insurance is going to cover the loss of the truck; however, the mowers and other lawn equipment were not covered by insurance.

The trailer does not have a business logo to help identify it, making it that much harder to find.

If you have any information please contact Oklahoma City Police.