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Thieves steal $90K worth of equipment from Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries

Organization told to wait 3-4 days for detective to investigate

DETROIT – Training equipment worth more than $90,000 was stolen from Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries overnight, and the Detroit Police Department told the organization to wait three to four days for a detective to investigate.

The stolen equipment included an 18-foot trailer, lawn mowers, trimmers and edgers, which the nonprofit uses in training and supporting returning citizens and homeless persons.

The incident happened around 2 a.m. Friday and the two thieves were caught on surveillance camera. A man can be seen approaching the secured gate and pulling out a device to hack the lock. Once inside, he lurks around the trailer and within minutes, a man driving a U-Haul backed in.

The trailer was connected to the truck and hauled off with $90,000 worth of high-end lawn-care equipment, including riding mowers.

The organization called Detroit police at 10 a.m. Friday to make the report. They were told a detective would be assigned to the case in the next three to four days.

"That’s unacceptable in our beloved resurgent city," said Chad Audi, the organization's president and CEO. "Why wait for three to four days when we have footage that would obviously help the police apprehend the suspects and recover our training equipment?"

Audi fears that over the next four days, the equipment will be sold.