Thursday, October 28, 2010
Police say an overnight business break-in could have resulted in the largest burglary case Wichita will see this month.
Investigators say thieves broke in to Thompson Construction in West Wichita and stole an estimated $30,000 worth of equipment.
Thompson Construction is a family-business. Joshaua Hoover's father started it in Wichita decades ago, and Hoover is the one who discovered the burglary around 8:15 a.m. Thursday.
"My heart dropped. I was upset, disappointed," said Hoover.
The business specializes in metalwork which requires some expensive equipment, which is now missing.
"Tools are gone, tools that we use everyday are gone," said Hoover.
The burglars also took a company computer that contained the only copies of some family pictures and employee payroll information, including social security numbers. The owners are offering a $500 reward for the HP computer, along with a message to the people who stole it.
"I don't see how you can sleep at night stealing other people's stuff," said Hoover.
Anyone with information in the case can call Crimestoppers at (316) 267-2111. You can remain anonymous.