BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- A North Fort Myers construction company was left in a puzzling predicament on Monday-- their construction crane was missing all ten tires and wheels.
J&W Steel crew members reported to work at their Bonita Beach Road site, to find the crane suspending from the ground only by its outriggers.
Owner Jim Henderson suspects someone within the construction industry took off with the tires. Removing the wheels and tires requires special tools. Each tire measures about 40 inches in height, and weigh in at around 130 pounds a piece.
"They're very heavy. In a regular pickup you might be lucky to fit four of them in there. So they didn't just stack them, they either had a trailer or a big truck or they made two trips," Henderson said.
Lee County Sheriff's deputies were unable to establish any leads while processing the crime scene. They say heavy rainfall washed away any tread marks or prints.
In the meantime, Henderson is left footing the $11,000 bill to make his crane mobile again.
Henderson asked, "You're always waiting on this, waiting on that, waiting on money and then to get hit by this, it's like, what else can go wrong?"
If you have any information about this crime, you're asked to call SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.