Construction Contractor Trailer Stolen; $50K Loss

By: Jared Cerullo Email
By: Jared Cerullo Email

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Monday, June 18, 2012

A local construction contractor is trying to get back his trailer full of expensive specialty equipment and tools. The trailer was parked at the construction site of the new Academy Sports and Outdoors business near 29th Street and Maize Road in northwest Wichita.

"It's about eight-to-nine-foot tall," explained TAKO Construction owner Jim Elliot. "It was right up against this PVC with the nose lock on it."

But now it's gone. With that trailer goes at least $45,000 in expensive specialty equipment, not to mention the workers personal tools.

"It had a lock on the front of it, so they had to cut the lock off of it," Elliot said. "And there was a trailer lock that completely involves the hitch itself and they had to cut it off somehow, too."

Elliot says he has already spent thousands of dollars to replace bare bones tools to finish the job, but continuing forward will be tough.

"People who do things like this don't think about who they hurt or what it costs to go on," Elliot said. "We immediately had to buy $4,000 worth of hand tools just for the men to be able to work."

Much of the equipment that was inside the trailer will be marked with TAKO Construction written on it. Elliot says he will continue to push forward to complete the job, no matter what it takes.

"This is not the first time that something's happened to me," said Elliot. "They may have knocked me down, but I don't know what else to do but just keep trying."

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