A company known for its volunteer efforts is victimized by thieves.
Criminals targeted a trailer owned by Tulsa Stone and Brick Works loaded with $6,000 in equipment, but also items that were to be given to a local church.
The tire marks from where the red Friesen flatbed utility trailer was are visible in the parking lot of Bixby’s Northeast Elementary School construction site.
In the past ten years, the owner of Tulsa Stone and Brick Works says he’s never left a trailer on a job unsecured until last week.
"Came home late and thought will it be okay until the morning? No it wasn't," said randy Sissom.
When the owner got to the job site the next morning to start work on the school sign something was missing.
"Wednesday morning we come back and it's long gone, nothing," said Sissom.
He had registered the red flat bed trailer.
“It had a broken jack and a lock on the tongue and really a heavy load for most vehicles to pull," said Sissom.
However, the thieves were strong.
"You can see here where they have been scraping it out trying to pry it out. I think ultimately they pounded it off. It doesn't work you can see where they beat on it," said Sissom.
The Ingersoll mortar mixer was also gone.
"It means everything to us,” said Sissom.
Sissom said it’s the only mixer of its kind in Oklahoma.
"It was easier to transport,” said Sissom.
However, the stones on the trailer were special.
"That would have been the next stop, the church. Just didn't quite make it,” said Sissom.
The expensive stones were left from a job that Sissom was going to use to make a bench for St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Coweta.
"It's disheartening," said Sissom.
He doesn’t know what these thieves are doing with his equipment.
"For someone who could get it and was a thief they probably spotted it immediately,” said Sissom.
He knows these thieves have no mercy on him or the church they stole from. However, he has faith the crooks will be caught.
"Never trust the thieves that are out there," said Sissom.
He said he is checking with stone and brick suppliers and sand suppliers on any leads. He is also checking Craigslist for his equipment.
Sissom reports the VIN# on the red flatbed Friesen trailer is 4wfcf162021005351.
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