Negley equipment found in Youngstown

LISBON – A large piece of excavating equipment apparently stolen over the weekend from a Negley work site was reportedly found on the south side of Youngstown.

Bill Mokel of Marucci and Gaffney Excavating of Youngstown reported to Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office, there was an issue at the job site on state Route 154, Negley, at 7:23 a.m. Monday.

Deputies went to the location and met with Gary Ball, who said on Friday he left an excavator parked against an air compressor with the boom over the top of the air compressor and the bucket on the ground in front of the air compressor. When employees arrived Monday, the excavator had been moved and the 52-inch bucket was missing. A large amount of scrap rebar was also reported missing from the site.

Ball contacted the company’s office, and they told him they had located the bucket on Westin on the southside of Youngstown.

Deputies called Billy Gaffney at the office, and he said one of their driver’s called him and said a Tony Wilson alerted him one of the company’s buckets was on a trailer on the southside of Youngstown. Gaffney went there and reportedly found James V. Rhodes, Nick Rhodes and Wilson all there with the bucket.

Gaffney told deputies Youngstown police were called and one of the men named Rhodes offered to take the bucket to the Marucci and Gaffney Excavating yard on Monday.

The excavator bucket is valued at $7,000, while the missing scrap is estimated at another $4,000.