EDMOND, Okla. — High prices at the pump aren’t just problematic for those filling up but also for contractors. Officials say construction sites become a target for crooks every time gas prices go up. Bandits will often steal equipment and tools then sell them to make fast cash.
Glynda Chu with the Edmond Police Department says, “Construction workers should be extra diligent right now. They should try to make sure their equipment and tools are locked away and kept in a safe place. It’s best not to leave some things out in the open.”
Crooks made off with thousands of dollars worth of equipment from an Edmond site where a new Christian high school is being built.
The police report lists the following items as stolen: two classic 300 D Lincoln welders, two Victor acetylene torches (with oxy and acetylene tanks), 500 feet of welding lead, a 4’x5′ gang box, four Dewalt screw guns, a 3/4 Hitachie Impact drill and misc. electrical cords.
The total cost is close to $25,000.
Gary Reed, manager of Pawn Shop on Broadway, says, “I think thieves ought to have their fingers cut off.”
Reed knows how a theft that large can impact a small business.
“It can really affect you in a bad way. It could almost put a lot of people out of business. It could take their livelihood away from them,” he said.
Reed says cataloging what you own and including serial numbers can help with recovery if bandits try to sell your belongings to a pawn shop.