Thieves take aluminum, brass from Brandon business
February 19. 2013 10:19AM
Sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. last Feb. 14, thieves broke into E.T. Monson Machining, 213 Hemlock Blvd., stealing aluminum and brass. The machine repair and genera machine shop work business is located in the Corson Industrial Park.
Owner Ed Monson estimates the loss and damages at $10,000.
“They were pretty bold about it,” Monson said. “They pulled their truck into the shop and loaded up all of the aluminum and brass.”
When Monson arrived at his business Thursday morning, he said the shop door was jammed, which led him to believe the thieves didn’t gain access.
But after surveying the shop, he discovered the supply of aluminum and brass was missing.
In addition to the aluminum and brass, the thieves also took an electric drill and two extension cords.
“We’ve never had any problems before, but you always worry about it, but when it happens …,” Monson said.
Monson said he wants to make other business owners aware of the nighttime thievery.
“I want others to know this is going on and that they’re extremely good at what they do,” he said.
In his investigation, Brandon Police Detective Wayne Ellingson said it appears the burglary is similar to recent thefts in the Mitchell area.
If anyone has information about the theft or is aware of someone who is selling metal, they should contact the Brandon Police at 582-6125.