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Chesterfield construction site thefts on the rise

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Back-hoes, enormous dumpsters, and big equipment- it's all been stolen this year from construction sites in Chesterfield County.

Police say they've seen a much higher number of thefts in that area this year. Police say they've seen a much higher number of thefts in that area this year.

Now, they're looking to the public to help stop the crimes. Police say someone took a generator, air compressor, and several shingles from a home construction site  in the Highlands.

"We couldn't put the roof on and it kind of slows us down in the process," said victim Francis Jarrelle, Builds Custom Homes.

Moving that many shingles isn't easy.

"They stole about 40 squares of shingles, that's about a ton and a half," said Jarrelle. "So, they needed about a big truck to haul it away. It wasn't an easy process. It definitely wasn't just one guy."

Police say a white Chevy or Dodge crew cab with chrome tubular running boards was involved in a construction site theft at Midlothian High School where someone took a welding machine and multiple tools. The list of stolen items there stretched more than four pages.

"They're stealing everything from shingles to vinyl siding to small hand equipment, power equipment backhoes and skid steer equipment," said Lt. Steve Grohowski with the Chesterfield Police Department.

At a site on Ecoff Avenue, a report on a 30 yard dumpster that was stolen.

Chesterfield Police are asking builders, contractors, even neighbors to construction sites to keep an eye out and really make sure you report any thefts to police.

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