Springfield police investigate theft, burglaries involving stolen tools

Springfield police are investigating a theft and two burglaries that were reported earlier this week.

Officers responded around 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday to the 600 block of East Grand Avenue in reference to a theft, according to a Springfield police report.

When police arrived, the victim told them that sometime overnight someone stole nearly $2,000 worth of tools from his vehicle.

“(The victim) states that someone broke the sliding door window on his gold 2003 Chrysler Town & Country van with a baseball,” the report says.

According to the report, the suspect stole toolboxes, miscellaneous tools and two chain saws.

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Officers were also dispatched around 12:25 p.m. on Monday to the 30 block of Walter Street in reference to a burglary, according to a second Springfield police report.

When police arrived, they spoke with the victim who said nearly $700 worth of items were stolen from his warehouse sometime overnight.

“(The victim) advised he checked on his warehouse yesterday sometime in the morning. (The victim) advised when he came back today, he found the locks had been cut to the warehouse door and someone had made entry,” the report says.

The victim told officers a circular hot tub, a bicycle, tires and two boxes of assorted parts were taken from the warehouse.

“(The victim) stated that the pad locks he had placed on the overhead door also had been cut and the suspect likely used a truck to haul the hot tub,” the report says.

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A few hours before this burglary, officers responded around 9:30 a.m. to Advanced Outdoor Specialists, 1000 E. Pleasant St., in reference to a break-in to the business, according to a third Springfield police report.

When police arrived, they spoke with a manager of the business who said his employees arrived and found the door had been open.

“It appeared that the suspect(s) cut the padlock, which secured the door,” the report says. “Once inside, the suspect(s) picked up and carried away equipment. It also appeared the suspect(s) attempted to enter a caged off area inside the business but were unsuccessful.”

According to the report, the suspect(s) got away with 16 different types of tools, including six types of chainsaws, two types of trim saws, a backpack blower, three climbing ropes, two sets of spikes and belts, and two pole saws.

No suspect or witness information was available for any of the three incidents, and Springfield police continue their investigations.

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