Archive for Thursday, July 29, 2004

Thieves loot treatment plant

July 29, 2004

Thieves broke into the Basehor Wastewater Treatment Facility late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning and stole items valued at more than $100,000.

The perpetrators walked away with loot that included an assortment of high-end tools, computer equipment, cash, employee personal items and a white 2000 Ford F-250 four wheel drive truck, Basehor city superintendent Gene Myracle said.

Mechanical equipment used to operate the wastewater treatment facility -- which doubles as the office and equipment storage space for the public works department -- was not damaged, Myracle said.

But, the theft does put the department in a bind, he added. Many of the tools and equipment stolen are used for the day-to-day operation of the department.

"Hurts us," Myracle said. "Hurts us bad. They cleaned us good."

Myracle said the thieves broke into the treatment plant and got hold of keys used to steal the truck and gain entrance to other parts of the facility.

Tools and equipment taken include chainsaws, drills, generators and socket sets in addition to various other items. It appears that more than one person had to be involved, the superintendent said, based on his opinion that one person alone could not have moved the several pieces of equipment taken.

Myracle said gates to the facility were locked when employees left at approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. A public works employee noticed a set of keys in the gates when he arrived for work at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday. The treatment facility did not have an alarm system.

Basehor police estimate the crime occurred sometime between just before midnight Tuesday and 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Interim police chief Martin Cigich said someone in the Hickory Point neighborhood noticed a white passenger car in the neighborhood around the time the thefts are thought to have occurred.

Cigich said the investigation is still in the early stages. He said police found what could be evidence at the scene, but could not release details at this time.

Anyone with information should contact the Basehor Police Department

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