KALAELOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A small business on Oahu is taking a huge hit after the theft of heavy duty equipment this weekend.
The company is now out hundreds of thousands of dollars.
An orange and black "Kubota" mini excavator and a black "Big Tex" dump trailer were stolen out of T & C Plumbing's yard in Kalaeloa sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning.
"This is really big equipment. It's not something that you can just throw in the trunk of your car. You actually have to have a pretty large truck in order to haul it away," said Office Manager Jackie Legaspi.
Legaspi says the two together total about $50,000.
"It really is a big hit on our company when you're $50,000 in the hole in your equipment and it's holding up $50,000 plus in jobs that were scheduled with the equipment. So taking a $100,000 hit to a small company is really, really tough," Legaspi said.
Legaspi says other surrounding businesses have had large pieces of equipment stolen from their yards as well. She says it seems to be a growing trend at Barbers Point.
"Being that it is such a high priced items, we're really thinking that they could probably sell it, modify it, send it offshore somewhere," she said.
She says they have already gotten tips of the items being seen in the Waikele, Kunia area.
"It really angers me that someone's greed takes over and it affects so many other businesses that are just trying to make a living, an honest living themselves."
Legaspi says the Honolulu Police Department is notified about the theft. The company is offering a cash reward for any tips leading to the equipment's recovery.
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