IVINS – Tools and equipment were stolen from the 30-acre construction site of a new medical school in Ivins over the weekend. An investigation is currently underway.
The burglary happened sometime between Friday night and Monday morning.
“A large amount of construction equipment was taken, like tools,” Santa Clara-Ivins Police Officer Chad Holt said.
The value of the equipment taken is still not known, Holt said.
“We’re still trying to figure out what all is missing,” he said. “It’s such a large construction site, it’s just so big.”
Multiple construction companies are currently working on the site. In addition to company tools, workers’ personal tools are also missing, Holt said. About 15 individual construction workers have tools missing, including portable welders, concrete tools and other large items.
Police are reviewing surveillance footage, but it is taking some time because the time frame of the crime is not known.
“We are actively investigating it,” Holt said. “It’s just taking a lot of time.”
It’s been quite a while since there was a construction burglary in Ivins, Holt said, but they do happen and are getting more common.
“If you’re able to take your tools home, and you’re able to take your trailer home, it’s best,” Holt said. “On these large job sites, it’s always best if you can take your tools with you and not leave them on site.”
If anyone has information about the incident, they are asked to contact the Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department at 435-652-1122.
The Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Southern Utah, will be only the second medical school in Utah.
The medical school is on a rapid construction schedule that aims at finishing the 104,000-square-foot medical school and adjacent student housing by June 2017.
The medical school is being built on a 30-acre parcel of land on the northeast corner of the intersection of Center Street and 200 East in Ivins.
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