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Close to $50,000 worth of tools stolen from local company

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A local business is offering a reward about a recent break, enter and theft at their place of work.

“We are offering a reward for anyone that could have information relating to this,” Kim Tardif, an owner of the business said. “It would be worth their while, let’s put it at that.”

According to Tardif, the estimated value of the items taken is around $50,000, taken between March 7, and 31. The items were taken from a 40-foot work trailer at a logging business is located on Highway 522.

“To get into the trailer you would need a grinder to get in because a bolt cutter wouldn’t work,” Tardif said. “They knew we were out there.”

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Tardif provided the values and items taken, which include:

  • 5 Stihl chainsaws valued at $7,500
  • Honda 6500 generator valued at $4,000
  • Honda 3000 generator valued at $3,000
  • Honda GX welder valued at $7,000
  • Hose crimper valued at $10,000
  • Multiple Hydraulic hoses valued at approximately $5,000
  • Multiple Hydraulic fittings valued at $10,000
  • Honda water pump valued at $500
  • 5 chainsaw bars valued at $500
  • Multiple chainsaw chains valued at $30 each

“There are a lot of tools that I cannot list or even put an estimate on but they are all gone,” she said.

For Tardif, she believes whoever took the items had knowledge of the job site.

“It took four men to put the crimper alone into this trailer, so whoever did this, they knew what they were in for, they came prepared,” she adds.

For the owners of the company, it is now a battle with the insurance company as well.

“After all this went down, I found out we don’t have insurance on this stuff for some reason,” Tardif explained. “We’re still arguing with them because it doesn’t make sense that something worth that much money would not be insured, but apparently some paperwork was overlooked, so we’re out.”

“Everything is insured through the business, but for some reason, that tool trailer was not insured,” she adds.

One of her first calls was to the OPP, which she says they are investigating. The issue has also been brought to the attention of Crimestoppers.

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