Herald JournalHerald Journal, Aug. 23, 2004

Crooks bungle job, damage materials

By Lynda Jensen

Burglars who attempted to steal sheets of roof steel at a RAM Buildings work site along Highway 7 bungled the job, causing between $8,000 to $10,000 worth of damage Wednesday night.

The crooks successfully walked off with construction materials such as fasteners (nails and screws), and soffit (material used under overhangs) at a work site located at 2364 Highway 7, said Gregg Machemehl of Ram.The site is located between McLeod County Road 1 and McLeod County Road 9.

However, when the burglars attempted to take sheets of roof steel, they apparently lost control of the forklift they were using, damaging a large quantity of the material.

“As far as crooks go, they’re not very good,” Machemehl said.

The building material is owned by Ram, even though it is being used on the property of Right Way Mechanical for an additional warehouse, he said.

Until the material is actually affixed to the building, it’s covered under Ram insurance, he said. After that, it’s the responsiblity of the owner.

Anyone who may have heard or seen something suspicious is asked to call the McLeod County Sheriff’s Department at (320) 395-2568 (ask for the sheriff’s department), 888-440-3134, or 320-864-3134.


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