Burglar steals tools from land trust barn

Chainsaws, a cordless drill and several other tools were stolen from the barn at Fisher Pond last week, costing the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust — which owned the equipment — more than $1,000 in insurance fees and other costs.

Abel Eckhardt, the land trust’s steward, discovered the break-in last Tuesday morning when he noticed a chainsaw missing, according to Beth Bordner, the organization’s operations manager. He began looking around and soon discovered that several other tools were gone as well, including loppers, handsaws, hand pruners and machetes. He also could see that the door had been pried open, she said.

All told, she said, $3,000 in tools were stolen from the cavernous barn. The land trust’s deductible is $1,000. The tools are a loss for the land trust, which uses them to do its restoration work, Bordner added.

“The fact is, we use all that stuff. We’ll have to replace all those tools,” she said.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call the land trust at 463-2644.


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