Burglars steal Stihl tools valued at $15,000

The boarded glass doors of Stotz Equipment after the store was burglarized, St. George, Utah, Nov. 6, 2018 | Photo by Mikayla Shoup, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Thousands of dollars’ worth of tools were stolen from Stotz Equipment Monday night when a burglar or burglars broke in through the glass doors of the building and took almost all of the Stihl equipment from the shelves.

A burglar or burglars broke the glass front doors of Stotz Equipment, which are now boarded up, St. George, Utah, Nov. 6, 2018 | Photo by Mikayla Shoup, St. George News

Brad Norman, a salesman at the company, said he received a call from the alarm company at 10:08 p.m. Monday saying that a window had been broken in their laundry room, which the company does not have.

Norman was about five minutes away from Stotz Equipment when he received the call and rushed over to find the bottom gate to their parking lot half open.

“The lock and the chain was gone, so I thought something was kind of fishy, so I called the police department. They were here within about five minutes,” Norman said. “And when they came in, they discovered that the windows were broken and all our Stihl equipment, Honda generators, pressure washers, everything had been loaded and was gone.”

Norman said all but two of their Stihl power tools were taken, including weed eaters, chainsaws, trimmers, leaf blowers, pressure washers and generators, all worth an estimated total of $15,000.

The empty shelves at Stotz Equipment where someone stole all but two of the store’s Stihl power tools, St. George, Utah, Nov. 6, 2018 | Photo by Mikayla Shoup, St. George News

The burglar or burglars did not take anything from the cash drawer, and left only two weed eaters outside of the broken glass doors.

“They broke out the front windows, they didn’t unlock the doors, they passed everything through the broken window area,” Norman said.

Norman said the burglar or burglars must have worked fast. The alarm first went off at 10:06 p.m. and Norman arrived at the store around 10:15 after receiving the call at 10:08.

“The alarm chirps for a while to give us a chance to get in and shut it off, so they probably had a few minutes before the alarm went off,” Norman said.

The store does not have any security cameras located inside or outside of the building. Police are working to assign a detective to the case and locate any surveillance footage from neighboring businesses but so far have no leads or suspects, St. George Police officer Tiffany Atkin said.

Stotz Equipment will be open during during the store’s regular business hours today.

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8 Comments

  • Carpe Diem November 6, 2018 at 11:46 am

    You may think it’s hard to put a chainsaw up your nose, but rest assured those thieves will do it by this weekend.

  • Comment November 6, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Welcome to the new normal, st george. Hope it was worth it.

  • ladybugavenger November 6, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    They were open for business? 2 weedeaters for sale?

    Probably a good time to get good security cameras. This the season for thievin’

  • and November 6, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    I wonder if it was that crew that hit the Cedar City store a while back?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRETW5Whd6c

  • KR567 November 6, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    soon to be sold at your local pawnshop

  • mmsandie November 7, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Why did they remodel the place and not put up s3curity cameras? I have security cameras on my house afte4 a drunk driver plowed thru my front yard. People even drive by many yards and steal stuff to get drug money..
    That store is off the main rd Sunset .it is surrounded by subsidized housing, low income and Switchpoint a few streets down..they could adopt 2 Dobermans

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