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Wall Jacks Stolen From Curbside

A Whipple Avenue homeowner reports to Barrington police that two pieces of construction equipment were picked up by a thief -- not the contractor working on his home.

The moral of this story might be don't leave anything near the curb in front of your house.

Two pieces of construction equipment, believed to be wall jacks, that were laid along the curb of a Whipple Avenue home on Tuesday, Oct. 9, were reported stolen by a man in a pickup truck, according to the homeowner.

The theft reportedly occurred around 7:50 pm, according to the Barrington police report. The 10-foot wall jacks were supposed to be picked up by the contractor, the Whipple Avenue homeowner told police.

The man in the pickup truck, believed to be a tan or silver F-150 extended cab, loaded the wall jacks into the cab, which also was loaded with scrap metal, said Barrington Police Chief John LaCross.

The homeowner spotted the man taking the wall jacks and asked him if he worked for the contractor. The reply was a yes, said the police chief. The man then jumped in his truck and drove west on Whipple Avenue toward Barrington Avenue.

Wall jacks are used to lift prefabricated walls into place. They were given a value of between $800 and $1,000, according to the police report.

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