Burglars hit construction site of new medical school

Tools and equipment were stolen over the weekend from the construction site of the new Rocky Vista medical school in Ivins, Utah, Oct. 3, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News

IVINS – Tools and equipment were stolen from the 30-acre construction site of a new medical school in Ivins over the weekend. An investigation is currently underway.

The burglary happened sometime between Friday night and Monday morning.

“A large amount of construction equipment was taken, like tools,” Santa Clara-Ivins Police Officer Chad Holt said.

The value of the equipment taken is still not known, Holt said.

“We’re still trying to figure out what all is missing,” he said. “It’s such a large construction site, it’s just so big.”

Multiple construction companies are currently working on the site. In addition to company tools, workers’ personal tools are also missing, Holt said. About 15 individual construction workers have tools missing, including portable welders, concrete tools and other large items.

Police are reviewing surveillance footage, but it is taking some time because the time frame of the crime is not known.

“We are actively investigating it,” Holt said. “It’s just taking a lot of time.”

It’s been quite a while since there was a construction burglary in Ivins, Holt said, but they do happen and are getting more common.

“If you’re able to take your tools home, and you’re able to take your trailer home, it’s best,” Holt said. “On these large job sites, it’s always best if you can take your tools with you and not leave them on site.”

If anyone has information about the incident, they are asked to contact the Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department at 435-652-1122.

The Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Southern Utah, will be only the second medical school in Utah.

The medical school is on a rapid construction schedule that aims at finishing the 104,000-square-foot medical school and adjacent student housing by June 2017.


Read more: Construction begins on Southern Utah’s first medical school


The medical school is being built on a 30-acre parcel of land on the northeast corner of the intersection of Center Street and 200 East in Ivins.

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11 Comments

  • ScanMeister October 4, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I have been involved in building a variety of projects. We have been kind of protected here over the years…..working in S. Cal on big malls you don’t leave your equipment even for a short few minutes. There are ones waiting for that time no one is on site……gone in a few minutes. Even a Caterpillar D-9 was taken off one of our sites in S. Cal. They are bold indeed. Job box well secured if you can’t take tools home……..but even that might go…..but it is less portable. Just look for the thief with a double hernia.

  • .... October 4, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    This is absolutely terrible news. People that work hard to buy the equipment they need to do their jobs with have to experience this. I hope the person or persons involved with this theft get caught and let justice be served.

  • Bob October 4, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    big city crime is just one side effect of the “growth” that local politicians love so much

  • Bob October 4, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    normally a site like this would have the tools locked in shipping containers, and have a few cams

    • .... October 5, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      Don’t go anywhere folks the best is yet to come. Bob will tie these thefts to the LDS church

  • Bob October 4, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    then again, did they steal their own tools for an insurance claim… who knows..

    • Lastdays October 4, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      I know of contractors locally who have been ripped off over the years. Many have large deductibles in the $50,000 range.
      So if thehave $50,000 worth of generators andcompactors taken, its cheaper to go replace them than to file a claim and have their rates jump up.
      Ripping themselves off just to claim insurance is stupid and didn’t happen in this case.

      • Bob October 4, 2016 at 5:17 pm

        well then even in little Ivins having major thefts is becoming the norm

    • .... October 4, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Oh wow you’re incredible Bob. .tell us all about it Deputy Bob . Sheriff Andy must be so glad to have you on as special investigator. maybe we can assist you in getting your mental hygiene appointments rescheduled Bob. you’re really incredible Bob I wasn’t aware you are psychic. ..wow we should call you. The Amazing Bob !

  • Ron October 5, 2016 at 10:48 am

    When are contractors/builders/developers going to start having overnight security at their building sites?
    A single contractor may not be able to afford security, but if all the contractors chipped in to pay for a couple of security guards while they are not at the site, would go a long way towards such crimes not occurring. If they have to pass it on to their customers, so be it.
    I see a security company making a killing in the near future in this area.

  • RealMcCoy October 5, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Don’t they realize that if they put up a “theft-free zone” sign, all the criminals would just go away?
    Maybe another law making theft illegal would help?
    I’m not saying we should BAN theft, just that stricter, more sensible anti-theft laws will stop the theft.

    Oooooor…

    We can put up a sign that says “armed security on site”.

    Hmmm, I wonder which sign would be a bigger deterrent…

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