String of vehicle break-ins at Warwick construction company
WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE): The owner of a construction business in Warwick found one of his company trucks had been broken into after the vehicle was ripped apart with shattered glass everywhere and thousands of dollars worth of equipment stolen.
“They took a pickaxe and busted the window, opened the door, and took all the tools out,” Chris Wheaton, the owner of C. Wheaton Construction on Jefferson Boulevard, said. “At some point, they cut their hands and got blood all over the seat and they got blood on the hood as well.”
Wheaton said about 5 to 10 thousand dollars worth of tools were stolen from the truck. He called Warwick Police right away.
“They come out and took DNA samples, fingerprints, pictures of shoe prints,” Wheaton said.
Police are still investigating but this is not the first time this happened to the business.
“They stole a large number of tools, then came back the same day and stole the truck with all the tools,” Wheaton said. “Then we have been broken into twice since then and they stole catalytic converters from different work vehicles that I have.”
Wheaton believes their location makes them an easy target for thieves.
“Isolated area, no residential houses, no one is here at night,” Wheaton said.
This is the latest in a series of unfortunate events for Wheaton. An electrical fire in his home recently displaced him and his family.
“They put us in a house temporarily but we were in a hotel for a couple of months,” Wheaton said.
That’s why he says he hopes whoever is responsible can think twice the next time they break into someone’s property.
“A lot of people are experiencing tough times,” Wheaton said. “It’s taxing. I have a lot of things to accomplish as it is.”
If anyone has any information they are asked to contact Warwick Police.