State police investigating construction equipment theft in Sennett

State police announced Monday morning that a piece of construction equipment was stolen from a Sennett business.

The Auburn barracks is investigating the theft of a 2011 Caterpillar Skid Steer, Model 279C, Rubber Tracked, machine from Carroll Equipment on Route 5 in the town of Sennett, according to a press release.

Friday morning, the skid steer was gone — only leaving behind tracks in the mud, said Dan Carroll, the company owner’s son. It appeared it had been driven away.

Carroll said a lot of construction equipment that’s the same make and model often, and unfortunately, have identical keys. He said the skid steer was likely stolen Thursday night or early Friday morning.

New, the skid steer was worth about $65,000, Carroll said, saying the one stolen is probably worth anywhere from $25,000 to $35,000 as a used machine. He said the company hopes to find out who took the equipment and that it gets returned.

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