June 30, 2016 - 9:30 AM
KAMLOOPS - A Chase business is offering a reward after thieves stolen some heavy equipment.
A thief or thieves broke into the Team Equipment yard in Chase at 125 Shuswap Ave. sometime between 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 and 3 a.m., Sunday, June 26, and stole a mini-excavator and trailer. Co-owner Kevin Peterson says the stolen equipment was worth around $60,000, while damage to the property could be around $10,000.
The nearly-new Caterpillar mini-excavator model 303.5 mini-excavator had “Team Equipment” stickers on it. The particular model is not uncommon. The trailer was a flat deck trailer 18 to 20 ft. long. It appears the property’s gate was pushed open with a vehicle, Peterson says.
The theft has been reported to Chase RCMP and they’ve opened a file, but Peterson says they haven’t come to investigate.
“What are they going to look at, an empty parking space?” he says. “They have a pretty good idea of whats going on.”
With no leads, Team Equipment is offering a cash reward for the return or information leading to the return of the equipment, though an amount hasn’t been set.
Peterson says the company has insurance for their equipment and a replacement mini-excavator has been bought.
“We’re in the business of equipment rentals,” he says. “We can’t be waiting around.”
To deter future thefts cameras are being installed and vehicle barricades will be used on weekends.
Team Equipment can be contacted via the business website or call 1-250-679-3339.
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