More than $300 million in equipment is stolen from construction sites in the U.S. every year
CANANDAIGUA — It's a week before Christmas, and Jordan Christian is working two and a half hours away from his three kids. And over the weekend, $13,000 worth of tools were stolen from Christian after he put in another six-day work week.
Christian, from Binghamton Remodeling Solutions, said the thief broke into his locked trailer on the job site.
"My 12-inch mitre saws were in here. This is where they just dumped the guy's tool belt out and took his tool belt," he said, pointing to the pile of screws and nails on the floor of the trailer. "They stole the guy's tool belt. They dumped the nails out and they dumped the screws out and they took his $50 tool belt and the guy can't even put his bags on today to work."
Christian says whoever did it tried to steal the whole trailer.
"They cut the lock I had on here, but the trailer was too big for them to be able to pull," he said.
Another contractor at this site on County Road 10 in Canandaigua told the Daily Messenger's news partner News 10NBC his trailer was stolen. He declined to talk on camera but said he's out $8,000.
Christian's family lives in Binghamton. While he's on this job, he's living in a hotel and can only FaceTime with his kids.
The National Equipment Register reports the total value of equipment stolen from construction sites in the United States every year is somewhere between $300 million and $1 billion.
News 10NBC covered at least two instances earlier this year including two men accused of stealing $30,000 worth of tools, although some of them came from garages of private homes.
The Rochester Homebuilder's Association says the crime hurts the contractors and slows down the work.
After speaking with an Ontario County sheriff's deputy at the job site, Christian said, "I feel a little bit better about it. We want our tools back really. We're just hoping to get our stuff back and we just want to work. That's what we're here to do."
News 10NBC checked one security camera but it was dark when they think the theft happened, so the video doesn't show anything.
The deputy who spoke to Christian wasn't authorized to talk to News 10NBC. Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero said he could not talk about the case Monday afternoon, but promised to tell News 10NBC if his investigators arrest somone.