Specialized tools stolen from hotel parking lot in east Wichita

Specialized tools worth hundreds of thousands of dollars were stolen from a work trailer parked at an east Wichita hotel over the weekend, police said.

The tools, which were reported stolen at 7:40 a.m. Sunday at SpringHill Suites, 1220 N. Greenwich Road, are used to repair jet engines, Lt. Doug Nolte said.

Between 18 and 20 tools were stolen from the trailer, said Moe Hatami, general manager of Turbine Engine Specialists in Fort Worth.

“It’s going to be a difficult challenge” to find the stolen tools, Hatami said. “But on the other hand, it’s not like you can use these for anything else. There’s not anything you can do with them except what we do.”

The theft had to be the work of at least two people, he said, because the tools are heavy enough to require two people to move them.

“Probably they don’t realize what they’ve taken,” Hatami said. “There’s maybe only two or three service centers in the whole country where they can use it.”

Company crews are in Wichita often with the equipment because there are so many airplanes in the city, he said.

Anyone with information about the theft should call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111, Nolte said.