PITTSBURG — Over $5,000 worth of tools were stolen from a building under construction on Broadway over the weekend.
The property at 602 N. Broadway is owned by John Kutz — owner of local business JS Kutz Rentals and Construction — who was renovating the space through a matching grant from the City of Pittsburg and the state. Over the weekend, tools were stolen from the property belonging to Kutz and his employees, including $1,200 worth of new tools purchased Wednesday.
“The grant is a matching grant, so we had to put up money and basically put everything on the line for this project,” Kutz said. “That’s why this stings.”
Kutz plans to renovate the top floor of the building into six, one to two bedroom apartments. The apartments will be industrial, loft style dwellings with high ceilings and exposed brick. The ground floor with have three commercial spaces and another apartment.
The project is currently in the first phase, and Kutz said it is going well, although there have been some setbacks other than the theft. Kutz and his crew have had to gut the building further than expected, and will have to build more back.
But Kutz plans to handle the theft the same way he has with other setbacks on the project — keep going.
“We’ll get passed this,” he said. “We’ll repurchase and keep pushing on. I’m not drying everything out or having to rebuild my home like people in Houston or Florida, so I’m thankful for what I have.”
The Pittsburg Police Department has been contacted and is currently investigating, Kutz said. He said he just hopes to get the word out about the incident.
“We just want to put the word out, and if someone tries to sell the tools, hopefully it will help,” he said. “I had a black trailer stolen a few years ago, and just through word of mouth we tracked it down by 2 p.m. that day.”
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.