Nearly $10,000 of equipment stolen from St. Croix Dive team
The St. Croix EMS Dive team had nearly $10,000 worth of equipment stolen from its trailer at 2001 Ward Avenue, likely sometime over the weekend.
Eight swiftwater suits, 16 rope throw bags, eight sets of swiftwater fins, 10 swiftwater board and 15 swiftwater rescue helmets were reported missing on Monday, July 9, according to the police report. The equipment is used in urban flooding situations.
An early cost estimate of the loss was about $9,600, but Hudson Police Sgt. Glen Hartman said the exact cost is likely more.
"It's a significant loss," Hudson Police Sgt. Glen Hartman said.
One set of gear was found on Monday, July 9 by a city public works employee behind the Plaza 94 shopping center next door to the Ward Avenue site.
The equipment was last seen in place a month ago, but Hartman said the theft likely happened sometime overnight between Sunday, July 8 and Monday, July 9.
Signs of attempted forced entry were also found on a door of one of the Ward Avenue buildings. The door was damaged to the point where is was now unusable, according to the report. It was unclear whether any property from inside had been taken.
The equipment is highly-specialized, and several of the pieces are marked with dive team members' names.
"It's really useless to anybody that doesn't know what it's intended us is for," Hartman said.
Police are checking nearby dive shops as well as those in the Twin Cities. Hartman said he is also checking on the pawn system .
"I am speculating that someone will try to sell it," Hartman said.
Police are asking for assistance from anyone who may have seen something, or sees the equipment turn up.
Anyone with information can call Hartman at 715-377-5646 or leave an anonymous tip through any channel.