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$120,000 in equipment stolen from city's Millcreek storage facility

Posted: 4:17 PM, Aug 11, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-12 14:31:07Z

CINCINNATI -- City of Cincinnati Public Services is out $120,000 after someone stole multiple pieces of equipment from a storage facility late last month. 

The equipment was taken from the city's storage facility in the 3300 block of Millcreek Road during the weekend of July 29, according to a memo sent to Mayor John Cranley and city council members Thursday afternoon.

City spokesman Rocky Merz told the I-Team the equipment was in place when workers left the yard that Friday.

The stolen items include three flatbed trailers valued at $24,000, three John Deere lawn mowers valued at $40,000, as well as several chainsaws, backpack blowers, trimmers, lawn mowers and yard tools.

Acting City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian sent Thursday's memo to Cranley and council members after the I-Team asked city leaders about the theft.

Merz told the I-Team the mayor and city council weren’t notified before Thursday because “there’s no set protocol” about how to handle issues like this. He said normally city officials are made aware of thefts after an investigation is complete.

Cincinnati police ask anyone with information about this case to contact them.

A spokeswoman for Cranley said the office could not comment on the case.

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