An excavator used on a construction project on Marsh Creek Road was stolen on Monday night.
An excavator used on a construction project on Marsh Creek Road was stolen on Monday night. (McGuire and Hester)

CLAYTON -- A construction company and police are asking for the public's help and offering a reward as they try locate two excavators that were stolen Monday night from a construction site along Marsh Creek Road.

Two excavators belonging to McGuire and Hester were missing when its foreman showed up to work around 7:30 p.m., said Kim Carone, the corporate counsel for the construction company who was acting as its spokeswoman. The company is working on a project for the Contra Costa County Water District to connect water pipe lines between Clayton and Brentwood, she said.

The company is offering a $2,500 reward for the return of the equipment and for the arrest and/or conviction of the people responsible. The California Highway Patrol is investigating.

"We deal with equipment theft all the time," Carone said. "It's the first time we've had two excavators stolen from the same sight at the same time."

Each excavator has a noticeable green stripe, as well as the company's yellow logo. Carone said it was not known how the thieves made off with the equipment but said a truck with a trailer hitch was seen by a resident of the area around the time the excavators went missing. Police did locate a vehicle that looked similar to the one seen in the area but had not been able to link that truck to the theft, Carone said.

The machines, made by Caterpillar, can sell for more than $50,000 used.

Construction crews were "able to perform other duties" at the site, but Carone said the theft set the project back significantly while the company worked to bring other excavators to the site.

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