Sometime overnight on Sunday, November 24, 2019 suspects hooked up to a tandem trailer on a vacant lot in The Rapids subdivision – just north of Michigan Ave, in Sarnia and drove away with the trailer and the CAT Mini – Excavator that was sitting on it. The CAT excavator is commonly known as a smaller ‘back-hoe’ type of machine typically used in small construction jobsites such as home building and landscaping.
This particular piece of machinery is valued at almost $50,000 and the trailer alone is worth $5,000. The culprits knew what they were looking for and came prepared, likely with a pickup truck to tow the trailer and excavator away.
The trailer is pictured in the accompanying photograph and shows tandem axles and ramps that fold down to drive the excavator off the rear of the trailer. These items belong to WICKS Construction and there was a large black and white WICKS sticker on the side of the excavator. It also has the model number “303.5” in white on the side of the cab. The cab is enclosed and the front windshield has a crack in it.
Theft of construction equipment is not uncommon; however the theft of such a large, valuable excavator like this is quite unique in this area. Often times the equipment is altered by the thieves to disguise its appearance and in many cases the equipment stays local and continues being used by the thieves or by whoever acquired it from the thief.
If you have seen one of these excavators mysteriously show up on a construction site or in someone’s yard or compound this week and if you suspect it may be the one in this photo, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit your tip online at www.p3tips.com or call the Sarnia Police at 519-344-8861
With Crime Stoppers, you remain anonymous and if your tip leads to the recovery of stolen property or the arrest of an individual, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. The owners of this excavator are very motivated to recover their property.
On October 15, 2019 at approximately 7:00 a.m. the Lambton County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were contacted regarding a theft from a locked tractor trailer overnight on Christina Street North, in Pt. Edward, Ontario.
Initial investigation revealed the tractor trailer was parked overnight in a parking lot located on Christina Street North, in Pt. Edward. Unknown suspects entered the tractor trailer and stole well over $50,000 worth of tobacco products and other merchandise within the trailer. Further investigation revealed that the large U-Haul truck shown in these photos is believed to be directly involved with this theft. This truck was last seen eastbound on Highway 402 on the night of the theft.
If anyone has any knowledge of this incident they are asked to call the Lambton County OPP at 519-882-1011 or 1-888-310-1122.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit a tip online at www.sarnialambtoncrimestoppers.org and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.
The Sarnia Police Service have arrested these two fugitives – Dusty-Wade Robert RYAN – AGE 31 and Nicole SALISBURY – AGE 32
RYAN or SALISBURY had randomly approached their victims and told them a sob story about relative that is dying of cancer in another city or about a family member who has been in a serious car accident. The scammers then told the victim that they do not have a bank account but need to cash their cheques to be able to travel to see their ill relative. The criminals even offer them money for their troubles.
The cheques used by RYAN and SALISBURY have been stolen and were usually made out in someone else’s name. Once the victim cashed the cheque and withdrew the money to pay, it is too late. The victim is now on the hook for the money and usually ends up with an overdrawn account balance.
The Sarnia Police Service has continued their investigation into this matter and warrants have been requested for the arrest of Dusty-Wade Robert RYAN, 32 years of age of Sarnia, and Nicole Elaine SALISBURY, 31 years of age, also of Sarnia. Both have no fixed address.
Both of these parties were wanted for fraud under $5000 along with other charges.
If anyone has any information regarding Ryan or Salisbury they are asked to contact the Sarnia Police Service at 519-344-8861, extension 0.