Thieves targeting heavy equipment |

Thieves targeting heavy equipment

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times

Recent thefts of heavy industrial equipment from Woody Creek and the Silt area prompted the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office to warn the public Monday to make sure such items are secure.

Tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment, including saws, drills, radios and landscaping tools, were stolen late Thursday or early Friday from three storage trailers at construction sites in Woody Creek, said Pitkin County Deputy Monique Merritt.

“Some of it was extremely heavy,” Merritt said. “It probably took at least four people to move it.”

Police in Silt — west of Glenwood Springs in Garfield County — are investigating a similar theft at Meyer Boiler Co. the weekend of June 18 and 19, said Silt Police Chief Levy Burris. That theft included welding equipment, pipe-threading equipment and a plasma cutter taken from both a storage trailer and from the business itself, he said.

The total worth of the items was about $40,000, Burris said, adding that some of the equipment was very heavy.

Also, another business three miles down the road suffered a similar burglary at about the same time in which about $100,000 worth of equipment was stolen, he said. A call Monday to the Garfield Sheriff’s Office seeking more information about that theft was not returned.

Given the nature of the equipment, Burris said he suspects a well-organized group of thieves is responsible for the thefts in his area.