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Sheriff’s Office warns public about thefts at construction sites, oil facilities

Posted on 10/02/2020

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about an uptick in thefts at construction sites and oil and gas facilities throughout the county.

The sheriff’s office has received multiple reports in the last several weeks of battery thefts at oil and gas sites. We are asking the public to help us with the recent spike in this type of theft by keeping an eye out for and reporting suspicious activity at facilities that aren’t staffed around the clock.

The sheriff’s office has also taken several reports of thefts of tools from construction sites. The items reported stolen run the gamut of small hand and power tools to higher ticket items such as generators, air compressors, demolition tools and other large equipment.

The sheriff’s office would like to recommend taking the following steps to prevent and protect yourself from construction theft:

  • Take an inventory of your tools, noting the serial numbers for high-ticket items.

  • Do not leave tools out in the open at the jobsite or in the bed of your pickup.

  • Store tools securely, whether that’s in a storage container at the site or by bringing tools into your garage at the end of the workday.

  • If storing tools onsite, be sure to purchase high-quality locks.

  • Be wary of your surroundings and report suspicious people and activity by calling 911.

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward.