Equipment Stolen from Local Construction Site

A local business owner is angry after a piece of his heavy equipment was stolen from his construction site.

Builders are busy putting closet doors in a new home on Flowers Chapel Road.

While they're nailing down the new door frame, authorities are trying to nail down the thieves who stole a $50,000 dollar backhoe this weekend.

Dennis Granger of Dennis Granger Construction Company said, “I hope they find the tractor because it was in good shape and paid for.”

Granger had parked his tractor behind the house Friday, but come Sunday it was gone.

There are tire tracks in the sand behind the house that Granger hopes will help find the suspects who continue to steal from him. “You can't hardly leave stuff here without people stealing stuff,” he said.

This isn't the first time thieves have taken off with materials from local job sites.

Two weeks ago, Granger's brick layer had his trailer stolen from this site, and many builders around the Wiregrass have reported stolen items like copper wiring and heavy machinery.

Chief John Powell of the Dothan Police Department said, “The thieves are transporting the goods to other states and stripping it down.”

Officials say they're working with other state and federal agencies to close the door on thieves stealing from construction workers.

There is a Crime Stoppers reward being offered for information on the stolen backhoe.

If you can help investigators, call Crime Stoppers at 793-7000.

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