Construction equipment found during meth bust

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Updated: 6/27/2013 9:52 am Published: 6/27/2013 9:31 am

Thousands of dollars worth of construction equipment is found during a meth lab bust.

It was stolen from Oklahoma 10 in Fort Gibson.

Last week, Glovers and Associates, a road construction company, reported a Case tractor with a front-end loader and box blade went missing from a work site.

Muskogee County Sheriff's Investigator Faye Banks told FOX23 on Sunday, a 1996 International box van was stolen from the same construction site. The company is hoping to get that truck like they did with the tools earlier this week.

"That's the only thing we have in rural Oklahoma to protect what equipment we have," said Glover and Associates Operation Manager Greg Hornbuckle, as he talked about the box van that was stolen.

The cab of the vehicle is yellow and the bed of the truck is white with the words Glover and Associates written on the side and a lift on the back, said Hornbuckle.
The license plate on it is I-16192.

"It's very costly. For us to show up to work one day and we have no way of working because we don't have the tools to work we need to work it financially puts a burden on the company," Hornbuckle said.

Sequoyah County Sheriff's deputies found most of his equipment when they went to serve a search warrant Monday night and found a meth lab near the construction site.

"The items that were stolen are very specific to what machines we used to pave roads with. They don't do anyone any good trying to put them on another machine," he said.

Banks says these items are stolen every day.

"It's an epidemic right now," she said.

She's worked with Sequoyah County to get the company back the tools. Banks told FOX23 the tractor and box van was worth between $10,000 to $12,000 apiece.

"We're trying to resurface a road for ODOT, for the travelling public," said Hornbuckle. "The sooner we can go back to work the sooner you all can have your road back."

One problem Banks say they are facing is thieves are grinding off serial numbers. She suggests putting a special marking on your property to help them identify it.

Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to contact the Muskogee County Sheriff's Department, (918) 684-1643.

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