A business owner in Brownstown Township is asking for the public's help after expensive equipment was stolen over the holiday weekend.
Mike McNally says his landscaping business has suffered from increased break-ins and thefts in recent years but he suffered his biggest loss yet Saturday around 5:30 a.m.
A 22-foot long trailer and a tractor that are essential to his work were stolen from McNally's Landscape and Design by someone who cut the chain lock on the gate of the fenced in storage yard of the business.
Today, McNally discovered a new hole had been cut out of the security fence. An image of the man who made his way onto the grounds was captured by a motion detection camera. McNally said it had not been determined if anything was stolen Tuesday night.
Over the weekend, surveillance video showed a man entering the lot. He attached a trailer with a large tractor on it to his pick-up truck and pulled away with it.
"For someone to put this amount of weight on the back of a pick-up truck, he was actually dragging the front of the trailer and it cut a groove in the dirt out of the shop," said McNally, who believes the truck is dark in color, possibly black.
McNally said his trailer has a double axle. It's is 22-feet long and weighs 7 tons. The Ford New Holland tractor has a loader bucket and a yellow deck on the back of it.
Brownstown Township police are investigating the break-in and theft. Surveillance video shows the man spent 28 minutes on the property before driving off.
"In the last three years we've been broken into about seven times," said McNally. "They've cut the latches on my enclosed trailers and they've gotten weed whips, cut saws, chain saws. This particular one has gotten even worse. Now we're into stealing trailers and equipment," he said.
McNally believes that whoever stole the equipment must live somewhere in the downriver area. He said it would not have been possible to get very far with a load that heavy.
He's asking everyone to keep an eye out for his equipment.