Posted: Sep 12, 2012 4:51 PM
Updated: Sep 12, 2012 5:05 PM
Police in Morgan County have released surveillance video of a theft from a concrete manufacturing company that was working on a new elementary school in the wake of the devastating tornado that hit West Liberty March 2.
The owner of Wells Group LLC in West Liberty says his business was ripped off overnight Tuesday and thousands of dollars in metal was stolen. The theft could postpone the building of the new elementary school.
"When I arrived this morning, I looked and took a double take and they were gone," says Brian Wells of Wells Group LLC.
Wells says fifty braces, used as a tool when concrete walls are poured, were loaded into a trailer and stolen from his business. That's about $10,000 worth of metal and $3,000 for the trailer. But it's not the money Wells is worried about. "The main concern right now is the Wrigley Elementary School," he said.
The braces were to be be used when pouring concrete walls for the new school. That part of the construction was set to begin in a couple weeks. "And it may take that long or longer to get the braces in that they need," said Wells.
If the new braces Wells ordered Wednesday don't come in on time, the elementary school may not be finished by the fall 2013 deadline. "I can just try to rush to get the new braces here and hope they get them in time for when the contractor's ready to start putting the walls up," he said.
In the meantime, Wells worries the kids will have to start next year in the same warehouse-turned-school-house they are in now. "I don't know how anybody would want to do something like that to the community," he said. "Kick them while they're down. It's kind of hurtful."
To view the surveillance video on Facebook, click here.
If you have any information about the theft, call West Liberty Police.