Belmont Police hope a witness will step forward and identify the culprits who stole a Volvo Excavator Model #EC 140 CL from a property along Route 140 in March. (Courtesy photo)
By DAVID CARKHUFF/, LACONIA DAILY SUN
BELMONT — The owner of a stolen Volvo excavator is offering a reward, while police continue their search for the stolen piece of equipment that went missing in late March.
"We have not located it," confirmed Belmont Police Lt. Richard Mann on Friday.
Police received several tips, one in Pembroke, another in Candia, but so far none has panned out, he said.
"The public is helping us. They are keeping their eyes open," Mann said.
Belmont-based contractor John DeWare, owner of the excavator, said the machine was stolen from a site at 151 Gilmanton Road, Route 140 in Belmont.
Police think the culprits loaded up the 35,000-pound piece of equipment in broad daylight, hoping that passersby would chalk it up to typical commercial activity.
DeWare is offering a $1,000 reward to "the first person with information that leads to recovery of the machine and/or the arrest and conviction of whoever is found responsible."
The stolen piece of equipment, a Volvo Excavator Model #EC 140 CL, did not have a key with it at the time of the crime, police said.
The excavator was parked at a residence where DeWare was preparing to start a job.
Anyone who was on the section of Route 140 in Belmont near the Belmont Elementary School and who saw an excavator being loaded sometime in the last week of March is asked to call Officer Evan Boulanger at the Belmont Police at 267-8350.
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