Reporting David Madden
By David Madden
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) — Someone is apparently going to great lengths to rip off items at a New Jersey Department of Transportation yard in Cherry Hill.
Four times in the last five months, thieves have broken into the yard to take radiators, copper wiring, road signs, car parts, and batteries.
But it’s how they’re pulling off the crimes that has people talking.
Cherry Hill police lieutenant William Kushina says they hot-wire NJ DOT equipment already on site to do the heavy lifting.
“They’re using a forklift or a backhoe to put the stuff in the back of a dump truck, then using the dump truck to take it away, and then returning the dump truck when they’re done with it,” Kushina tells KYW Newsradio.
The thieves strike at night and on weekends. The last time, on New Year’s Eve, they abandoned the truck on Route 70.
Police have no suspects in mind but are hoping that someone might have seen something suspicious recently and give them a call.