On Friday, Oct. 4, as officer was called to a business on Cummings Park for a breaking and entering report.
Two managers met officers upon their arrival and said that sometime between 5:45 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. on Friday their pesticide storage unit was broken into and about $30,000 in pesticides were stolen.
The storage unit, which is located outside, has one large padlock on the door. On Friday morning, an employee went outside to open the unity and realized the key did not work and the lock had been changed. The managers cut the padlock and discovered the missing items.
It is unknown to police how the padlock was compromised. The original padlock was not left behind, and officers searched the area but could not find it. There are only three employees with keys to the lock and none were suspected.
Only expensive bottles and cans were stolen from the unit and it appeared the suspect knew exactly what items were the most expensive, leaving behind the inexpensive items.
The managers do not believe the ingredients stolen could be used in any criminal way other than poisoning waterways. They have reason to believe the products would likely be sold to small time “mom and pop” pesticide companies or used by the suspect’s own company.
Only one employee had been terminated in the past few months. One sales representative quite on the morning of the incident, the managers said.