Generator stolen from construction site in Courtenay

Comox Valley RCMP are asking for the public’s help solving the theft of a generator worth about $50,000.

Police say thieves cut the lock on a gated construction site near Maple Lake in Courtenay sometime after 8 p.m. on Jan. 20 and stole the Whacker Neuson G50 38kw mobile generator. A truck was used to tow the generator off the property and police say it appears the thieves headed south on the Inland Highway.

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“We are hopeful someone saw them in the area since they would have required some time to pull over and cut a chain off one of the tires,” Const. Monika Terragni of the Comox Valley RCMP said in a news release.

“This unit would cost approximately $50,000 to replace and is integral to the operation of one of our local businesses.”

Police say the theft may be related to an another incident around the same time in the 4000 block of Minto Road in Courtenay. In that case, thieves cut a chain-link fence and stole welding goggles, a Milwaukee impact driver, and an acetylene bottle.

Anyone with information on either theft is asked to contact the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321 or Comox Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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