Warning Issued Over Uptick in Rural Burglaries

Created: 04/02/2014 6:37 PM
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Last week was a rough one for two dodge county construction workers. Thieves stole some of their equipment on Wednesday, and to add insult to injury, they hit the same location a second time on Thursday. 

"It looks like a hammer or something, they just beat and beat and beat till this thing had actually dropped down here and then finally they had busted this off and then just opened the door," said Richard Bauman.

Bauman said all of his tools and equipment were stolen not once, but twice last week out of trailers and the house he was helping to build.

"It had to have been so loud in the middle of the night out here that it's just hard to believe that somebody didn't hear it, but nobody heard a thing," said Bauman.

For Bauman and his co-workers, it’s devastating.

"It's the only job we got... You know cause of the bad winter, nothings ready to build yet, and they stole all our tools for doing the job, the only job we got," said Bauman.

Bauman says he doesn't know what the future holds after more than $6,000 worth of equipment was taken from this site. 

"It's just hard to believe that someone could come two days in a row and do that to you," said Bauman.

Dodge County authorities say one of the reasons to blame, believe it or not, is the weather. 

"We expect that with warmer weather that we would start getting more burglaries out there," said Dodge Co. Sheriff Jim Jensen.

Bauman is missing, among other things, four 24-foot aluminum planks that weighs a ton, which leads him to believe it was a group effort.

"They had to be down here for an hour or more each time to do what they did, especially the second time, to climb on these trailers and take all them aluminum planks, I've never even heard of anyone stealing aluminum planks before," said Bauman.

"We don't have the tools to finish the job now... So we're just at a loss," said Bauman.