Vandals Damaged or Stole About a 1/2 Million Dollars of Construction Equipment Near Myers Flat
According to Lt. Fridley of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office that also received a report, the loss to the two contractors is expected to top $500,000. When contacted, both contractors agreed their total losses would likely reach that sum.
Ron Kutch, a spokesperson for West Coast Contractors, described a mess that included dirt in diesel tanks, windows broken out of multiple pieces of equipment, busted locks, ignitions punched and tires slashed. The worse damage, he said, was done to the expensive horizontal drill rig owned by D.J. Scheffler and Nye.
Dale Scheffler, the subcontractor on the job, said, “The damage on my machine is at least $100,000… The horizontal drill rig is totally disabled.”
He was dismayed by the rage shown. He explained, “[The vandals] targeted the heart of the machine…[The damage was] like stabbing a person in the heart and putting a nail in each limb, toe, and finger. Because it is a machine, it is repairable but if it was a man, it would be dead.”
Scheffler doesn’t know why their job site was targeted. He speculated, “Someone went in there and was very angry with somebody I guess. Maybe someone is trying to scare us…They targeted the whole job.”
The vandal/s took a lot of time and energy in order to do so much damage at the site. Scheffler said, “[The vandals] hand drilled into hydraulic lines…They tried to drill holes even into the electrical stuff.”
This doesn’t just damage the contractors’ bottom line, he said. “It hurts when it happens.” And it isn’t just his company and West Coast Contracting that suffers, he said. “The insurance company, the state, everyone has to pay,” he pointed out.
But, he is undaunted. “We’re doing what we can to get running,” he said. The horizontal drill rig is being shipped to Benicia where it will be quickly repaired. “We are going to have to put a guard out there,” he added. “We’ll be back on line working in a few days…We do really like working there…We want to go back to work.”
Then, just as the conversation was ending, he said reassuringly, “It is unfortunate that there are people out there who do this but there are still a lot more good people than there are bad. So, hey, don’t get down about it.”
Below is a partial list from West Coast Contractors of their losses. Many, though not all, of the stolen items will be marked with their initials, WCC. The list does not include losses suffered by D.J. Scheffler and Nye:
2002 International water truck.
Wing window broken, CB radio removed.
2017 Kubota SVL 95 Skid steer.
Lock on door punched out. Ignition switch punched out. Damage to console.
2010 Gehl DL1240H fork lift.
Both side windows broken out. Both front tires slit on sidewall.
2017 Kobelco CK1100 G-2 Crane
Side glass on operators cab 2 pieces broken. Dent in operators door also dented.
1 ea. Milwaukee Sawzall, assorted blades and case.
1 ea. Hogan slugger mag drill, case and assorted bits.
2 ea. Skill mag 77 Skil saws
1 ea. Bosch Bulldog roto hammer, case and bits.
1 ea. Stihl 18” chainsaw Serial # 513057405
1 ea. Husqvarna chain saw
1 ea. Honda 6500 generator, Serial # EASJ-1013142
1 ea. Hitachi NR90 nail gun
2 ea. 3/8” x 50’ air hose