Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stolen construction equipment was located in a warehouse on Chicago’s South Side Tuesday, and business owners are trying to get their machinery back as police investigate the case.
Ben Kasper owns his own construction company in Burr Ridge, and last week, he says a large piece of gear was taken from a community center he’s building in Harvey.
He had the GPS tracker on the machine. Days later, upon Tuesday, that tracker led him in order to a warehouse in the particular 5800 block of South Lafayette.
“I pulled up and the door was open, ” Kasper said. “I could see the thing inside plain view with rental company sticker still on back associated with it. I just went in there and said screw this I’m getting my stuff back. This whole thing is as shady as can be. ”
Kasper claims the building is chock full of stolen building equipment. NBC 5 reporters observed a large number of officers upon scene, taking inventory of what was inside.
“There is a concrete dumpster the particular size associated with a car within there, Kasper said. “It costs over $100, 000. The person claims he bought it off Facebook. ”
He says this individual looked at serial numbers and is helping to contact other business owners whose equipment has been thieved, including Jesse Young, who had several pieces of equipment stolen in 2020.
“They took a truck trailer, and a Bobcat, in Southerly Holland, ” he stated.
Young will be relieved that will their taken equipment has been recovered, and hopes police will soon make an arrest in the case.
“I’m glad they got caught. It’s like they required my life from me, ” he or she said.
Chi town police say a person of interest is currently being questioned. Area One Detectives are investigating.