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. (Courtesy photo)
By DAVID CARKHUFF, LACONIA DAILY SUN
BELMONT — Anyone who remembers seeing a crew loading a black and yellow Volvo excavator onto a large trailer bed behind a large truck on Route 140 this week likely witnessed a crime.
The Belmont Police Department hopes a witness will step forward, after a local contractor reported the theft of his $89,000 piece of construction equipment from an address on Route 140 near Belmont Elementary School.
"It's brazen, to say the least. But it's one of those things as you drive around the Lakes Region – you see equipment on the move all the time," said Belmont Police Lt. Richard Mann. 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.
"The theft of this item would have required a heavy duty truck with a large trailer bed," police reported in a press release. "This activity would have attracted attention as the truck and trailer would have taken up a large portion of the travel lane."
The theft likely happened sometime since Monday, and during the day, when the homeowner wasn't home, Mann said.
The excavator was parked at a residence where the equipment's owner, a general contractor, was preparing to start a job. The contractor reported the theft to police Wednesday after a mechanic who was sent to conduct onsite maintenance on the excavator could not locate it, police said.
The thieves likely noticed the excavator parked along Route 140. Mann said the machine was located near the property owner's driveway but visible from the road. The job of loading the excavator on a trailer couldn't have been easy. The crime occurred on a hill in a section of highway with no shoulders, where Route 140 descends into the village before Belmont Elementary School, Mann said.
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.
Often, large pieces of equipment are transported overseas or they're dismantled for parts, Mann said.
This is the first crime of this type to happen in Belmont in a long time, Mann said. In Tilton, an owner lost a piece of construction equipment, a skid steer, late last fall from a site along Route 3, he said.
Anyone who was on the section of Route 140 in Belmont near the Belmont Elementary School and who saw an excavator being loaded sometime after Monday is asked to call Officer Evan Boulanger at the Belmont Police at 267-8350.
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