Racine landscaping truck, tools stolen

Trailer, tools stolen from Racine landscaping

A Racine family reached out to social media and the public for help. The landscaping company they started less than a year ago screeched to a halt after someone stole its trailer with all of its equipment.

A Racine family reached out to social media and the public for help. The landscaping company they started less than a year ago screeched to a halt after someone stole its trailer with all of its equipment.

For Jose and Carolina Navarro, the timing couldn’t have been worse.

“Landscaping, this is the best time now and it’s very hurtful to take that away,” said Carolina.

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In front of her house, her neighbors’ surveillance cameras captured part of the story. The Navarros said a pickup truck tracked their property while Jose was working outside. Minutes later, another neighbor’s camera caught the truck towing the trailer and was part of the couple’s GTO landscaping and snow removal business with them.

“Oh, it’s a big loss,” said Carolina. “You know, with the trailer alone and the equipment, we had between $ 10,000 and $ 15,000 of equipment in the trailer, and the trailer was brand new.”

In addition to calling the Racine police, Carolina posted the video online in hopes of generating more discussion and helping resolve the case. A trend that UW Milwaukee Professor Marc Tasman said is becoming more common with the help of home surveillance systems.

“Instead of the police walking in time and asking, ‘Did you see something?’ Now they say, ‘Did you see anything and was your camera working?’ “, he said.

The Navarro family hopes digital evidence can bring their business back.

“To start over, and it’s … it’s a lot,” said Carolina. “We don’t have that kind of money just to sit around and buy everything brand new.”

Since the theft, the Navarros have installed surveillance cameras in their homes. Now they hope to get their equipment and trailer back. They ask anyone with information to contact the Racine Police Department.

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