Burglars Steal $30K Worth of Snow Blowers

The thieves stole the snowblowers from a power equipment dealership

Police in Maine say snow blower burglars hit a small business in Brunswick over Labor Day weekend, stealing $30,000 in equipment.

Surveillance footage shows a U-Haul truck pulling up to the Chad Little Outdoor Equipment store on Pleasant Street a few minutes before 11 p.m. Sunday. After an hour, the suspects allegedly left the store with 11 snowblowers, each costing several thousand dollars.

"They knew what they were taking," said sales manager Nate Curtis. "They pushed the smaller ones aside and lugged the heavier ones."

The U-Haul truck had some distinguishing features: a state of Idaho and zebra were on its side.

Police are hoping someone spotted the truck, and will help them find the thieves.

"They take so many [snow blowers] in such a short period of time, it's usually something well-organized and planned, and usually someone from further away," said Brunswick Police Commander Mark Waltz.

While the truck was distinctive — it could be difficult to track down. It was parked on the side of the building, out of sight of the security cameras. As it pulled out onto Pleasant Street, the driver kept the brake lights on, creating a glare on camera.

"It's frustrating because you see it [on camera] but it's not good enough to get a plate number or U-Haul number of something of that nature," said Curtis.

The car was last seen late Sunday night heading in the direction of I-295 in Brunswick.

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