On Monday, a demolition crew hired by the federal government returned to work at the decommissioned Centerville Beach Naval Station, west of Ferndale, and discovered several pieces of machinery had been stolen, according to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Workers noted a gaping hole in a security fence, the release states, and found the following items missing:
A 1991 (approx. year) Bobcat 553 Skid Steer Loader, white, orange and black. The Bobcat had an attached custom-made grapple bucket. The tires on the Bobcat are Setco brand solid (hard rubber) tires.
A 1998 24-foot Towmaster trailer with a bamboo deck, black in color, with "NWDD" on a stainless steel plate that is attached to the front frame rail of the trailer. The trailer displays Oregon License plate HS34108. The trailer is used to transport the Bobcat.
A Multiquip brand 25KVA generator. The generator has wheels.
The victim estimated the value of the stolen property at approximately $39,000, which would qualify the crime as grand theft nearly 100 times over.