Half a million dollars worth of construction equipment stolen from Greenville Tractor Co.

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GREENVILLE Co., SC – About a half million dollars worth of construction equipment was stolen from a family owned business over the weekend, according to the owner of Greenville Tractor Co, Pat Toole.

“When I got here Monday morning on this dirt pile I noticed there was a machine sitting on top of it,” explained sales manager Andrew Reese.  “The machine was sitting right here when we left here on Friday.”

Signs like this that lead Reese to realize someone had broken in.

The chain around one of their gates was left broken.

“I’m sure that they cut a link,” he said.

According to Reese, a total of 7 compact track loaders of various sizes were taken, along with one excavator.

Other smaller, yet expensive accessories were missing as well.

“It’s a family owned dealership so this is our only location, so it’s got a great impact to us, you know?” said Reese.  “It could be detrimental you know? It’s really sad.”

Although Greenville Tractor Co. did not have surveillance cameras up, The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office did find surveillance video from across the street, according to Lieutenant Ryan Flood.

“We know of at least 2 18-wheeler trucks that came in and broke into the business using cutters around the fence,” he said.

The sheriff’s office released this photo to 7News of one of the 18 wheelers they are looking for in connection to the construction equipment thefts:

Lt. Flood added that he believed the possible suspect or suspects had planned the theft out in advance.

“Any small lead that we can get to recoup from this equipment would be very helpful to us,” said Reese.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the sheriff’s office or Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.

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