An employee reported the thefts to police yesterday, according to a police report.
The loss prevention employee, Ashley Brown, said the snowblowers are stored in an outdoor fenced-in area before being brought in to the store. The rear gate is always locked, and a loud audible alarm goes off for 15 seconds every time the gate is opened, the report said.
On Dec. 3, 5 and 7 the alarm went off, and no employee went to investigate, the report said.
When Brown arrived at the store Saturday at 5 p.m., she checked the storage area and and found 12 Troy-Bilt snowblowers missing, the report said. They included six red 26-inch snowblowers worth $599 each and six red 28-inch snowblowers worth $759 each.
She also found a screwdriver on a pallet next to the gate but didn’t keep it as evidence, the report said.
Brown checked surveillance video and saw a dark figure opening the rear gate and removing four snowblowers on each day the alarm had sounded. According to the report, it appeared the person had used the screwdriver to pry the gate latch and get in to the storage area.