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10,000-pound excavator stolen from Middleburgh family business

August 20, 2018 07:26 PM

MIDDLEBURGH -- A 10,000-pound Bobcat 335 excavator is not something you can easily misplace. So imagine his surprise, when Bill Smith and his family noticed theirs was missing on Sunday. 

"It took a minute for it to settle in and then I realized that someone had stolen it," he said. 

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Smith says this took the wind out of their sails, that someone would steal from people who work hard.

It's a pretty big machine to take.  It was stolen sometime between Saturday night at 8:30 and Sunday morning at 8 a.m. All that's left are some tire tracks.

"You can see where my trailer sat," said Smith.  "They went up to it with a truck, either a three-quarter or a one-ton pick-up truck and the tire tracks are there from the trailer also."

It's a key piece of equipment for Bill's Trucking and Excavating on Route 145 in Middleburgh.  He says he needs it to provide for his family. 

"I'm not working today because of it. I was supposed to start another job and I can't because my trailer and my machine are gone," he said. 

The excavator had a three-foot ditching bucket attached.  

Also stolen was a CAM trailer with a one-foot trencher bucket strapped on the front of it. 

Smith has been checking with homes and businesses in both directions, hoping that someone caught the trailer and machine going by on video. 

He says he lives out in the country for a reason, but that unfortunately crime -- and criminals -- are everywhere. 

"I've done the same thing I've done for the past 15 years," said Smith.  "I've staged my equipment here all the time. I've parked my dump trucks here, parked my equipment here in between jobs and I've never had an issue. It's the first time." 

Anyone with information is asked to contact state police. 

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Kumi Tucker

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