MARYSVILLE, Wash. - Detectives with the North Snohomish County Property Crimes Unit say they have recovered the two stolen Kubota's.
"We received several tips, with one of them leading us to find the second Kubota, including an arrest on a male who was involved. We now have reason to believe that multiple people were involved. We are still looking for the suspect in the video," said Det. Joe Belleme told Q13 News on Saturday.
They have not recovered any of the stolen tools valued at more than $100,000.
Investigators are on the hunt for a Snohomish County thief who investigators say managed to steal hundreds of pounds of equipment, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, in one night in a rural area of Marysville.
"It is definitely a curveball, showing up after the weekend just trying to gear up for work on Monday and you guys have been cleared out," says Garrett Schubert, project manager of Riverside Steel, a family-owned construction company.
After a tough year, it was big for Schubert family to book a big gig building a fish processing plant, but having a majority of their tools stolen changes everything.
"It’s really a sad deal for us, makes it tough for us," says Riverside Steel owner, Tim Schubert.
"It’s a lot of emotions ... What do we do? What’s our plan moving forward? How do we bounce back from this?" said Garrett Schubert.
"The suspect decided to enter multiple different construction sites," says Detective Joe Belleme of the Marysville Police Department.
Surveillance video shows the suspect’s activity was extensive, starting Sunday night going into Monday morning. Including stealing two ATV like vehicles, after getting three stuck in the mud. In total, five different companies were affected on a stretch of rural land on 45th Ave in Marysville.
"He was wearing a distinctive hat an Oakland A's hat, which he dropped on the property," says Detective Belleme.
If the suspect’s physical description doesn’t identify him, detectives hope the unique tools he stole will.
"It’s really high-end equipment, very unique and a large quantity of it."
"A lot of the tools we use, it’s our livelihood. We’re a family-owned business. We're not guys who can just go out there and swipe a credit card and get them all back," says Gunner Schubert, assistant project manager of Riverside Steel.
The Schuberts say if the tools aren’t recovered, "we'll be doing this job for nothing, you know to cover the loss for these tools," says Tim Schubert.
It’s a huge financial blow to them and their employees.
"It's important that what’s happened to us doesn’t happen to somebody else."
If you can identify the suspect seen on the surveillance video, please submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound through the P3 Tips App on your cell phone or call 1-800-222-TIPS. It is anonymous and you will be paid a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your tip leads to his arrest.
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