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Thousands of dollars of equipment stolen from Dubuque mechanic

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) - $14,000 dollars of equipment and power tools were stolen from the MCH Kenworth in Dubuque.

General Manager, Mark Vaca, said he arrived at work late last week when he discovered thieves broke into their backdoor. Dash camera video showed two masked men using a company vehicle to transport the items to their getaway car.

Vaca said since the incident, his team feels uncomfortable leaving their equipment at work.

"That's the hard part is having our mechanics feel like they can't trust that their stuff is going to be taken care of here," said Vaca.

Because of the increased need for truck drivers, Vaca said his crew has been especially busy making repairs. He said the missing equipment has made keeping up with the demand more difficult.

"They're not really going to be as efficient when trying to do their job because they're using a manual tool when they could be using a power tool, said Vaca. "And obviously, because of coronavirus, it's even more heightened awareness because you can't really use other people's tools with sanitizing and all of that. So it's kind of bad all around."

However, Vaca said his staff was devasted to learn about the break-in.

"That was the toughest part was seeing how the employees reacted to it and being upset about how that's their livelihood and that's money spent to provide for their families," said Vaca. "And tooling that helps them do that is gone."

The Dubuque Police Department is currently investigating. MCH Kenworth is offering a $500 reward for information that will lead to an arrest.

Ashley Scott

Reporter, Dubuque

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