Cops investigate theft of industrial screener worth $250,000

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WHITE CITY — Detectives hope surveillance video will help them identify who stole a $250,000 screening machine from a White City metals shop.

Thieves used a white dump truck to make off with Schnitzer Steel's Construction Equipment Company brand screener some time between 4 and 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

The screener, which measures 45 feet long and 10 feet wide and includes a large conveyor belt, is used to screen by size myriad materials such as rocks, soils or metals.

"It's a pretty unusual piece of equipment, and it's really big," sheriff's Sgt. Julie Denney said. "It seems like it would really stand out."

Over the weekend detectives investigating the case discovered video surveillance footage from a nearby business that showed a white dump truck hauling the equipment, Denney said. It was last seen driving west at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Kirtland Road, she said.

"It was last seen going toward the freeway, so it really could have gone anywhere," Denney said.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Deputy Michael Hermant at 541-774-6801.

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