CRESWELL – Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate a theft of more than $18,000 in tools and equipment from the City’s Public Works shop last week. One or more thieves broke into the building between Friday evening and early Saturday, said Sergeant Scott Denham of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.
Denham posted a message on Facebook, too, seeking the public’s help with any information on the incident. There is a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Stolen items can show up “in trade for other items, in vehicles, or stashed on a piece of property somewhere,” Denham said.
The easiest way to confirm stolen merchandise is by matching the serial number, he said.
“Several of the items were serial-numbered,” he said, “and if someone suspects a piece of equipment is from the theft, they can call us to run the serial number.”
The City’s Public Works department operates its shop out of buildings along Highway 99, south of Harvey Rd. As for the stolen merchandise, Denham said it included tools, chainsaws, other landscaping-related tools and some staff personal items.
A vehicle, 1992 blue Dodge D250 Cummings Pickup with a white equipment rack, also was stolen. Denham confirmed that his team has recovered the white equipment rack. The truck had an E plate – E228034.
The theft is the City’s most-significant property damage since Holt Park’s basketball court was vandalized in November 2019. Two of the juveniles involved pleaded guilty to that crime.
To report something, call the Sheriff’s Creswell office at 541-682-4150.
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