North Abilene business doesn't slow in wake of $20,000 theft

Schmidt Industrial carrying on after theft

ABILENE, Texas - A Schmidt Industrial work site isn't letting a recent theft slow it down.

About $20,000 worth of copper and power tools were stolen from the work site in the 300 block of Plaza Street sometime between Aug. 1 and Aug. 4. Employees said it is the first theft they have ever had at one of their work sites.

"Whoever did it, they stole everything," Project Manager David Connell said Monday.

According to Connell, 300 feet of copper wire and multiple power tools were stolen out of their trailer while they weren't at the site. He received a call from the civil contractor who said the trailer looked like it had been broken into, but he was not sure if anything was missing.

Connell said extra precautions are being taken to make sure a theft like this doesn't happen again. Covers to the locks have been added because the thieves were unable to cut the back lock, but cut through the clasp.

"They couldn't cut the locks with bolt cutters," said Connell. "They tried to cut the back lock, but then they cut the clasp and got in the back."

Connell said although they are managing, the theft did cause problems financially.

"Everything makes a big dent when it comes to power tools and having to reorder supplies," Connell said.

Connell said he marked his copper with paint, which police said will help with the investigation. If the suspects are caught, the charge is a third-degree felony. The offender could face up to 10 years in prison and pay up to a $10,000 fine. Police do not currently have any suspects.

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