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Plowing equipment stolen from seniors complex in Randolph
This video shows clips from a surveillance camera of a thief making off with plowing equipment. (Video courtesy of the Randolph Police Department)
By Stewart Bishop, Globe Correspondent
A senior citizens housing complex was left partially snowed in today after a thief made off with its snowplow equipment.
At around 8 a.m. Sunday, a man in a white GMC dump truck drove up to the temporary garage that housed a Bobcat used for plowing at the Simon C. Fireman Community complex and stole the plow blade and two other pieces of equipment, authorities said.
Using the Bobcat to aid in the theft, the man loaded three pieces of equipment into the back of the truck. The plow blade, bucket assembly, and the forklift assembly were all taken.
"He knew what he was doing. The whole thing took five to six minutes," said Detective Richard Lucey of the Randolph police.
The incident was captured on the housing complex's security camera. The stolen equipment is worth about $5,000.
"This is serious," Lucey said. "In order for firetrucks or ambulances to have access, it needs to be plowed."
Marjorie Glincher, executive director of the housing complex, said today that while access to the complex has cleared, all the residents' cars are snowed in.
"The average age of our residents is 87,'' she said. "Most of them can't clear out their cars by themselves, that's why we have the Bobcat."
Police are hoping the security video will help them find the suspect.