Tools pilfered in construction site thefts

May 7, 2008

By Jim Feehan

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Police have no leads or suspects in two brazen daylight thefts of tools from construction workers on the Coal Creek Parkway project.

“With so many contractors out there, it’s easy for someone to put an orange vest on and blend in with the workers,” Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine said.
A thief made off with nearly $6,000 worth of tools from an unlocked storage container and two pickup trucks belonging to employees of the contractors working on the project, police said.

The theft occurred near the May Creek bridge portion of the construction at the intersection of Southeast 95th Way and Coal Creek Parkway Southeast. Three Stihl chainsaws, a Stihl demo saw and two Stihl pipe saws were stolen. The trucks were parked along the roadside and the items were stolen from inside the tool rack. The theft occurred between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 28.

A white man, in his late 20s, with short hair and tattooed arms was seen driving a gold Jeep Cherokee in the area, police said.

The second theft occurred between noon and 3:30 p.m. April 10. Someone reached into the bed of a construction worker’s 2006 Ford F250 and removed a Stihl 28-inch bar chain saw. The truck was parked on the construction job site near the intersection of Southeast 84th Way and Coal Creek Parkway Southeast. The loss was estimated at $400.

Police have increased patrols in the construction zone during the day and at night, Irvine said.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call Detective Jeff Johnson at (206) 296-3883.

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