Westside man finds stolen gear for sale on Craigslist, leads police to seller

Equipment had been sold to pawn shop, police say

INDIANAPOLIS - Expensive construction equipment that was swiped from an Indianapolis man’s westside home turned up for sale on Craigslist, the man told Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Wednesday morning.

The rip-off happened earlier in December outside the man’s home off West 10th Street, prompting the victim to log onto Craigslist to see if he could find it, because it was very specific construction equipment that was stolen.

The man told IMPD that a $1,500 walk-behind Edco concrete saw was stolen, along with a diamond blade that cuts into the cement and two tires for his trailer.

As he kept scanning Craigslist, he came up with a hit and it led him to a pawn shop in his neighborhood in the 7000 block of West Washington Street.

He responded to the ad and paid the store a visit, and that’s when he called police.

When an officer arrived, pawn shop personnel told him the concrete saw had already been sold. The police report didn’t mention whether it was sold to someone else who responded to the Craigslist ad.

Store workers are required to collect information from anyone who sells items to them, and they told police they had looked at the driver’s licenses and filled out information cards on both the person who sold them the stolen item as well as the person who bought it.

The police report notes that store workers cooperated fully, offering to hand over all the identifying information that could lead detectives to the stolen saw.

The 39-year-old victim will have to wait for the police investigation to progress before he finds out whether he’ll ever see the saw again.

He wasn’t so lucky in finding the diamond blade or the tires.

No arrests were noted on the IMPD report.

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