Construction equipment disappears from fence business

Downriver Sunday Times

RIVERVIEW – More than $17,000 worth of equipment used to install fencing was missing when Donald Jones, owner of Custom Wood & Vinyl Fencing, 12904 Sibley, returned Monday after a weekend out of town.

When he arrived at his business at 8 a.m. Monday, the alarms were set and the doors were locked. However, many items were missing from the business garage and yard.

Jones said he is confident employee Christopher Wilson, who he left in charge of the business the Saturday while he was gone, would not have taken the items.

However, Jones said one employee had left the job recently and unexpectedly, while another was facing possible jail time for unrelated charges.

Wilson said he opened at 8 a.m. Saturday and closed at 4 p.m. During business hours the gate was closed but unlocked and unarmed. The employee was not aware of anything missing when he locked up Saturday.

Jones also noticed that a company truck left unattended in the yard also was missing some items.

Among them were two mechanical earth drills ($2,600 each), augers, a 10-inch cement core drill ($2,600), two jackhammers ($3,600), a 3,500-watt generator ($1,700), and two 14-inch gas-powered chop saws with cement diamond saw blades.