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Posted on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : 1:41 p.m.

Generator, equipment worth $9K stolen from construction site

By Julie Baker

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is investigating the weekend theft of a generator and equipment worth more than $9,000 from a Sylvan Township construction site.

Deputies responded Monday to the 2000 block of McKernan, just south of Interstate 94, for the report of a larceny that occurred sometime during the weekend, according to a news release.

A new Chelsea Chevrolet Buick Dealership is being constructed on the site and workers had left a large pull-behind generator. Deputies said that the thief or thieves "cut the chain securing the equipment, hooked the generator up to a vehicle and drove away."

The generator also housed several tools. It is described as a "Sulair, green in color, spare tire mounted on tongue, fenders and a rear-bumper."

There were no suspects.

If you have any information pertaining to these incidents call the sheriff's office confidential tip line at (734) 973-7711 or 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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Julie Baker can be reached at or at 734-623-2576.



Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 8:23 a.m.

Right next to 94, it's gone, and probably never be seen again. Lo-jack, or gps, but that isn't even good if it is parked in a metal garage. Those things can be dismantled. In fact it only takes a couple of hours for the right people to strip it from the trailer and trash everything but the actual generator. Where ever it has gone to, the generator is need a large supply of fuel, and most of them are diesel. so be on the look out for people filling lots of containers of fuel, or a large barrel or something.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 6:48 p.m.

There are a million things that require large amounts of diesel (like other legitimate generators)...someone buying large quantities of diesel wouldn't really be a suspect

An Arborigine

Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : 10:06 p.m.

This is generating quite a buzz. I hope they can determine watt's up and use the power of law cut these thefts short before they continue to surge


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 2:34 p.m.

Even Kirchoff's laws apply to these thieves, but they surge on. It's revolting!


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 6:18 a.m.

Booooooo! Pretty Dim-witted puns! =)


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 4:50 a.m.

Ohm my gosh.

John of Saline

Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : 8:53 p.m.

I remember noticing a number of years back that certain construction sites would have equipment (like generators) suspended from their cranes high in the air when the crews weren't there. Took me a while to realize that it was an anti-theft measure.


Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : 6:59 p.m.

Hopefully their is some type of GPS device built into the system of the generator. I always thought with the technology available today that more of these high ticket items aren't armed with theft proof or tracking devices.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 1:47 a.m.

Not hardly. should have used the teeth of a backhoe bucket to secure it