Updated 08/07/2012 04:16 PM
Equipment stolen from Wal-Mart construction site
High end construction equipment was stolen from a work site in Fulton County. But as YNN's Maria Valvanis reports, the equipment is not typical for everyday use.
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GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. -- The Gloversville Police Department is trying to figure out how someone could manage to break into storage containers and make out with more than $24,000 worth of equipment.
"They cut a couple of locks off three storage containers, opened up the doors, took what they saw and left."
Project manager Travis Teale says break-ins are an unfortunate reality on massive construction sites, like the soon to be Wal-Mart Super Center grounds. What isn't typical, is what was taken.
"Pipe equipment, site lasers, pipe levels, that kind of specialty stuff, things that would only be used by people in the industry," said Teale.
Seventeen tools worth more than $24,000 were taken. It's the largest burglary Bast Hatfield Construction has ever suffered.
"The charges would range from burglary to grand larceny because of the amount of property stolen," said Captain John Sira of the Gloversville Police Department.
The burglars first broke through the gates securing the property before breaking into the storage containers. Now, the construction company and police are making sure something like this doesn't happen again.
"We have security cameras. We have fences. We have signage up on site. We've been talking with the police department. They're patrolling the area much more frequently now," said Teale.
Police are also keeping an eye out on places the burglars may try to sell the stolen goods, which they say will be easily identifiable.
"They're serial numbers. They also put their own company ID number on it as well, for inventory purposes," said Sira.
"It's quite a hassle. It's unfortunate. Someone's got to pay for it," said Teale.
Construction is still on schedule and the super center will open as planned sometime next summer. Anyone with any information on the incident or the whereabouts of the equipment is asked to call the Gloversville Police Department.