To catch a thief: $4k reward offered

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

A $4,000 reward is being offered in hopes of recovering $30,000 in tools that are missing from the Route 66 Ethanol plant, said Brian Wink, project supervisor at the plant.

Wink said his job trailer and tools were taken sometime between 6 p.m. April 4 and 8 a.m. April 5.

A black trailer, 20 feet by 7.5 feet, containing tools is missing and was apparently hauled off by a pickup, Wink said.

An investigation of the break-in at the plant is under way and police are following up several leads, said Tucumcari Police Detective Jack Hendrickson.

The thieves entered the ethanol plant from the north side after coming through the city’s wastewater treatment property, Hendrickson said. Then they pulled down and drove over a chain link fence to gain entrance to the plant grounds, Hendrickson said.

Padlocks were cut off the trailer and off of a maintenance building, where there were additional tools. Then, the locks were cut off the main gate to flee the scene, Hendrickson said.

It is believed that a white pickup was used and that there were two or more persons involved, Hendrickson said.

Wink, who is from Iowa and an employee of United Stainless, said work would continue on updating the plant to make it operational.
SOZO Energy of Texas purchased the plant last year and has been revamping it as an R&D ethanol production facility.

Wink said he is personally offering the reward through Crimestoppers. The reward will be given to the person who provides information leading to a conviction in the incident, Wink said.

Tools that were stolen include a MIG welder and related accessories, power and hand tools and other equipment. The trailer had an Iowa license plate, 1730 BL, and its VIN number is 16HPB16251G082793.

To contact Crimestoppers call (757) 461-3507. Calls are confidential.