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Police seeking info on stolen tool

An area man is asking for the public’s help after a specialty tool was stolen from his truck in the Farmington area.

Farmington Police Chief Rick Baker said they received a report of a theft from a vehicle. Bloomsdale Excavating has an office behind Grand Rentals and Party Supply on Karsch Blvd.

“On Feb. 12 about 7 a.m. in the morning he noticed a Spectra Precision Laser was missing from the backseat of his vehicle,” said Baker. “He stated he parked the truck there on Feb. 9 at about 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon and on Feb. 12 he noticed it was missing.”

Baker added the piece of equipment is valued at $3,000 and none of the other items in the truck were bothered.

A representative with Bloomsdale Excavating said Spectra Precision Laser is a tool that they use to put in storm sewer pipe and sanitary sewer utility pipe in the ground. He explained they set it down in the manhole and it projects a laser beam at the desired percentage they want to install the new line coming out of that manhole.

“In essence it’s just a really high-tech laser and it’s only the size of a toaster, but the case it is in is a pretty big case,” he said. “The case is a three foot by three foot, bright yellow, square, hard plastic carrying case. There were tons of other tools in the truck and other utility laying equipment, but nothing else was disturbed. There was thousands of dollars’ worth of tools inside this thing that never even got touched.”

The representative with the company felt the equipment was targeted and that whoever took it definitely knew what they wanted since that was the only thing they bothered to take. Once they broke into the truck they had access to everything that was in there, but they left everything else but that.

“If anybody knows anything, has any tips or has seen anything like this please help us out and come forward,” he said. “It’s a pretty high-priced piece of equipment and is necessary for what we do.”

Anyone with any information on the equipment is asked to call the Farmington Police Department at 573-756-6686 or Central Dispatch at 573-431-3131.

The Spectra Precision Laser is described as being no bigger than a toaster. 

The Spectra Precision Laser is described as being no bigger than a toaster. 

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or

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