NAPERVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — There is a search for 80 tons of stolen property in Naperville, but finding it may be tough.
A small mountain of road salt apparently was whisked away in the middle of the night.READ MORE: IDES Kept Offices Closed While Many Struggled To Get Their Unemployment Benefits: What Really Happened Inside And Outside Those Walls
CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.
On Thursday, there was nothing but a gaping, empty space where, just a week ago, it was filled by about 80 tons of salt. That’s about 80 bathtubs full – stolen somehow, sometime last week.
It belonged to Steve Miller, Inc., a snow and ice removal company, and was stored in an unsecured Naperville spot. Access was admittedly easy — especially to those with means and motive.READ MORE: After Losing Young Daughter To Rare Cancer, Grieving Mother Raises Money To Give Back With Finley Forever Foundation
“We’re suspecting they used a dump truck and maybe some kind of skid loader,” says Naperville Police Sgt. Bill Davis.
Company owner Steve Miller says road salt is at a premium right now, in demand and expensive. He says cost per ton has tripled since the beginning of salting season.
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Steve Miller says the stolen salt is valued at about $10,000 and would cover two to three salt applications. The company has never had a salt theft before, he says.