Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A new business in Hutchinson was hit by copper thieves last week. The damage is more than $20,000.
Now the owners are trying to track down the thieves and they're offering a hefty reward to anyone who can help.
The air conditioning isn't working at the soon to be open BOLD Office Shares because copper thieves destroyed two AC units on top of the building.
“It looks like they used a chain saw to actually cut to get the material they were after,” part owner Bart Kooiman said.
Thieves got away with a couple hundred dollars worth of copper. The damage they left behind will cost more than $20,000 to repair.
The copper theft couldn't have come at a worse time. Bart Kooiman and his partners are getting ready to open a brand new business, they still have major renovations to finish.
"With any start up it's everything is a challenge and there's a lot of moving parts but we're very excited about BOLD and we're not going to let something like this slow us down,” Kooiman said.
Kooiman does want to slow down the thieves and keep them from hitting any other businesses in Hutchinson. That's why he and his partners are offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who can help police catch the thieves.
"These guys obviously know what they're doing because they're getting in and getting out pretty quick but we just wanted to bring awareness to it and try to find them or at least stop them,” Kooiman said.
If you have any information that could help police catch the copper thieves, you're asked to call the Reno County Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.