GPS systems are handy for navigation. However, a GPS system on a $70,000 stolen skid steer led authorities to a barn on Castle Drive in Taylor County.
A construction firm in Boscobel reported that a 2014 Caterpillar skid steer had been stolen from a work site. The dealer of the skid steer was able to track the unit’s GPS and it came back to the Taylor County barn where a host of heavy equipment was located.
The owner of the barn told officers that if the equipment was stolen, it had to be taken by Christopher Steig. The barn owner indicated he thought Steig had purchased the equipment on Craigslist or got them from people he knew; the complaint said.
Equipment listed included a Case 430 skid steer, a 16 foot hydraulic dump trailer, a jack hammer, an electric generator, a 10 foot snow plow attachment, and the nearly new 2014 Caterpillar skid steer.
Various pieces of equipment were reported stolen from sites in Wisconsin over a period of time.
Authorities from Grant and Richland Counties worked with Taylor County officers in the investigation.
Steig was arrested in Richland County. Christopher Steig age 25 of Delavan, WI was charged Monday in Taylor County Court with 5 felony and 2 misdemeanor counts related to the alleged thefts. His bond was set at $5,000.
The same GPS technology which keeps us from getting lost may now reunite many owners with their stolen equipment.