Crime Stoppers: Thieves steal $70k in equipment

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This image of a suspect truck is the only visible evidence of a burglary that cost Contour Landscape $70,000 in equipment. This image of a suspect truck is the only visible evidence of a burglary that cost Contour Landscape $70,000 in equipment.
Two trailers carrying 5 mowers similar to this were stolen from Contour Landscape April 8. Two trailers carrying 5 mowers similar to this were stolen from Contour Landscape April 8.
This truck and another like it were stolen from Contour Landscape April 8. This truck and another like it were stolen from Contour Landscape April 8.
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A familiar sound is reverberating around Wichita this Spring. For one local landscaping company though, the hum of lawnmowers has been silenced -- because of thieves.

"They took trucks, trailers, mowers and edgers," said Kirk Schill, owner of Contour Landscape.

Now Schill and Crime Stoppers are asking your help to get the more than $70,000 of equipment back.

The thieves hit the company's home base on north Topeka the night of April 8. Security camera did capture a white or silver pickup pull onto the property, but that's it.

Schill says someone pried open the door to the machine shop and stole a white Chevy Silverado and a white GMC Sierra, the other, two trailers and five 72-inch riding mowers.

"Your heart drops then you start to collect yourself," he said. "You figure out what happened and how you can go on with business."

Business has gone on thanks to the help of customers and friends. Contour has pieced together enough equipment to keep working, but it's been tough.

Schill hopes the thieves are caught before they act again.

"It seems like somebody has to have seen something or still will see something," he said.  

 When stolen all the trucks and mowers were marked with Contour Landscape signage. Anyone with information or who may have seen the stolen items is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111. You don't have to give your name and you could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,500. 

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