Trailer loaded with $200k in equipment stolen, lacked trailer security

Could have been prevented with California Immobilizer trailer security equipment

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado is trying to find out who stole around $200,000 worth of equipment from a location near Johnstown, Colo. earlier this week.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to an oil and gas site in rural Weld County near Johnstown, Colo. around 7:20 a.m. Monday on a report that someone had dumped some equipment there, causing about $5,000 worth of damage. Investigators determined that the equipment had been stolen around midnight from another business in the area.

Deputies looking into the case looked at several pieces of surveillance video taken at the time of the theft.

The video shows about midnight a silver SUV with dark windows enter the business lot. Several minutes later the SUV leaves. It’s followed by a white 2007 Toter GMC 6500 truck and attached 40-foot goose neck trailer loaded with equipment. The suspects drove to the oil and gas site where they dumped part of the trailer’s load, opting to keep the larger ticket items.

In addition to the truck and the trailer, the suspects stole 400 feet of power cable, a 60-foot lightweight lubricator, a lubricator top sub adaptor and miscellaneous tools and chains. Among the items damaged when they were dumped at the oil and gas site were a blowout preventer and an air skid pressure control. The total value of the stolen and damaged property is estimated at $219,000.”

This theft could have been easily prevented through the use of a number of California Immobilizer trailer security devices, including a trailer coupler lock or a trailer wheel lock:

California Immobilizer universal-style trailer coupler locksbulldog type lock and surge coupler lock offer wrap-around steel construction making them extremely difficult to remove without the proper key. Unlike other universal trailer coupler locks, these are hand-made in our shop one piece at a time with careful attention to welds and construction.

California Immobilizer trailer wheel locks are an inexpensive means of deterring and preventing trailer theft. Our patented trailer wheel locks are quick and easy to install on the wheel of your trailer preventing thieves from quickly hooking up to the hitch and towing the trailer away.