Friday, September 18, 2009

Decommissioned naval base looted

$39,000 worth of heavy equipment stolen

Humboldt Sentinel staff


Local law enforcement is investigating a grand theft reported this weekend at the decommissioned Centerville Beach Naval Station west of Ferndale.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted on Monday by a demolition crew hired by the feds to continue decommissioning work. Over the weekend while the crew was off-base, several vehicles and pieces of heavy machinery were stolen, likely through a security fence which had been cut, according to HCSO public information officer Brenda Godey.

The crew estimated the value of the stolen property at approximately $39,000. This includes a 1991 Bobcat 553 Skid Steer Loader, colored white, orange and black. The Bobcat had an attached custom-made grapple bucket, and the tires on the Bobcat are Setco brand solid (hard rubber) tires. Also stolen was a Multiquip 25KVA generator on wheels, and a 1998 Towmaster trailer, 24 feet long with a bamboo deck, black in color, with "NWDD" on a stainless steel plate that is attached to the front frame rail of the trailer. The trailer displays Oregon License plate HS34108. The trailer is used to transport the Bobcat.

Anyone with additional information on this case can contact the HCSO at (707) 445-7251.

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