NBCPhiladelphia.com - Doug Shimell
Three tractors went missing on Tuesday night from Cherry Valley Tractor Sales in Marlton, N.J. Co-owner Brian Wright says, the surveillance video reveals that the thieves cut the locks from the delivery gates and drove the tractors into a large white trailer. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time they have been hit. NBC10's Doug Shimell reports the story.
Surveillance cameras catch bold thieves driving away from Cherry Valley Tractor Sales in Marlton, NJ, with thousands of dollars worth of equipment.
Evesham Police say the thieves were driving a black dual wheel pickup truck towing a white trailer and stole two Kubota tractors worth $35,000 around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Officers say they came back around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday to try to steal a third tractor, but police believe a delivery driver scared them away.
Cherry Valley Tractor Sales co-owner, Brian Wright tells NBC10's Doug Shimell he discovered the missing tractors Wednesday morning.
"They're getting in next door and cutting our gate along with their's. Loading them into a truck back there where no one can see them, then driving right down 70," says Wright.
The thieves apparently used their own keys to drive the tractors to an opening in the fence and up ramps made of junk onto the trailer, according to police.
It's the fifth time in three years the company has been hit, even though the owners installed security cameras and placed heavy plows and broken tractors along the fence to keep thieves out.
"Oh, it hurts! Insurance goes up. If they even keep you. We've had that happen, that they discontinue service with you because of these problems," says Wright.
The Wright family tells NBC10 the tractors are a hot commodity to steal and they're not sure what else they can do or how many more losses they can absorb.