Arrest made in case of stolen excavators


ABC7 news first reported on the stolen equipment case earlier this week after the heavy equipment was taken from a construction site near Clayton. It was found in eastern Contra Costa County near Byron.

Workers were puzzled as to how exactly someone managed to steal two 20,000-pound, $130,000 Caterpillar excavators from the site of a water pipe construction project along Marsh Creek Road in Contra Costa County last week.

The California Highway Patrol recovered both units Tuesday night from an undisclosed location in Byron. They also made one arrest and they are hoping to make more because thefts like this are becoming a trend. The Department of Motor Vehicles does not register equipment like the excavators, so it is easy to resell.

The CHP returned both units to their rightful owners at McGuire & Hester construction on Wednesday. The company is just one of many being struck by similar thefts.

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