A trailer containing a soldier’s lawnmowers and other landscaping equipment was reported stolen Thursday from The Shores apartment complex at 2701 S. Emporia.
Philip Crabtree, an Army National Guardsman attending training in Salina this week, said he let a friend borrow his equipment while the other man’s mower was being repaired.
The equipment and trailer, worth an estimated $12,000 according to Crabtree, was stolen off the back of his friend’s truck. An air compressor owned by his friend, Sam Rudd, also was stolen, according to a report filed with Wichita police. Rudd’s truck was reportedly damaged during the theft as well.
Crabtree, who owns ASAP Lawn Care, has been in the business for 12 years. His entire fleet of equipment is now gone, and he will probably have to find new work, he said.
“Everything that I had (stolen) I pretty much use on a daily basis,” he said.
Crabtree doesn’t blame his friend, who said he feels bad about what happened.
“I’ve never heard of this happening to anybody,” Rudd said. “I’m trying to do everything I can to help him find his mowers.”
Crabtree has been checking Craigslist and hopes his stolen property turns up.
“Usually when these things go missing, they’re just gone,” he said.