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Owner sustains theft, damage
Shards of glass cover the interior of a truck that was broken into in Stafford County. The county sheriffs department is investigating the criminal activity. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

RADIUM — The Stafford County sheriff’s department is investigating criminal damage and theft of thosuands of dollars in equipment.
Theft of a skid loader and trailer from Northwest 60th Ave. and Northwest 150 Street — two miles east of Radium and four miles west of Seward on NW 150 St. in Stafford County — was reported Monday morning.  
The reporting party said two bucket trucks were also broken into. Taken between Dec. 30 and the morning of Monday Jan 5, was a Caterpillar Skid Steer loader Model 259b3, and trailer. The Skid loader has track drive instead of tires.
“First Monday of the year this is what we see when we return to work — windows broken, bin doors torn open, thousands of dollars in saws stolen, a skid steer and trailer stolen,” “said Tyler Sander. “We lost two Stihl 290 chainsaws, one ms201 top handle saw, two hydraulic ran pole saws, and many hand tools. The loader was a 2012 CAT 259B3 with tracks and a grapple bucket. Later in the day we recovered the trailer stashed in a pasture with about $1,000 worth of damage.”
Stafford County Sheriff Jeff Parr said the trailer was recovered, but the skid loader had been transferred to a different trailer.
“The trailer it was on had a flat tire leaving rim gouges which were easy to follow,” Parr said. “We found the trailer, but they evidently moved it to another trailer.”
“Please everyone keep your eyes and ears open,” Sander said.
Anyone with information, should call the Stafford County dispatch, 620-549-3247.