As the 7 p.m. Red Boiling Springs City Council meeting began on Thursday, March 12, two unidentifiable subjects chose not to attend - their only interest in city business being $15,000-worth of city equipment being housed in the City Shop building on College St.
A reported burglary of the City Chop was called into RBS Police by city supervisor Ray Long the following morning after he noticed evidence of a break-in and several missing items.
Surveillance tapes from cameras located in the shop, revealed two subjects entering the building through a double bay door.
Pushing a utility trailer through the door, the subjects then loaded it down with a Cub Cadet Zero-Turn lawn mower, weed eaters, chainsaws and other items before pulling it back out to the road.
Remaining inside the shop for approximately an hour and a half with the doors closed, the subjects reportedly used a ladder to unplug a light and also removed a chain hoist in the garage area.
Several wrenches were found on the ground inside the shop where the trailer was loaded, and city utility workers told police that the stolen lawn mower wouldn’t have fit on the trailer due to the wide deck (72”).
Utility workers suspected that the wrenches were left after the subjects removed the deck from the mower in order to load it on the trailer.
Aside from the mower, which is valued around $10,000, other items taken from the City Shop are as follows:
- Two Red Shindiawa Weedeaters
- Six Orange Husqvarna Weedeaters
- One Everstart Upright Battery Charger
- Two Homelite Chainsaws
- One Husqvarna Leaf Blower
- One Pressure Washer
- One Yellow Motor Hoist
- One 10 or 12-foot Utility Trailer (red bumper hitch, single fold-up wire ramp)
- Assortment of wrenches, sockets, pipe wrenches etc.
While the burglary was caught on tape, the subjects concealed their identities.
Anyone with further information on the burglary is urged to contact the RBS Police Department at 699-2011.