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Sheriff's detectives searching for suspects after portable welder stolen from PCASubmitted: 05/19/2019
TOMAHAWK - Lincoln County Sheriff's investigators want help figuring out who stole a 1,000-pound portable welder from the Packaging Corporation of America site last week.

According to a press release from the LCSO, the welder was taken from a gated area at PCA, which is south of Tomahawk along Highway E, sometime between Thursday night, May 16 and early the following morning.  A contractor had been using the welder, stamped "United Rental", for work at the mill.


The welder was found Friday in a ditch along Old 8 Road in the Oneida County town of Monico, about 40 miles from where it was taken.

Sheriff's investigators said the welder is worth about $10,000. Due to its weight, the LCSO believes someone used a forklift to put the unit on a truck or trailer.

Police believe the thieves may have stayed in Rhinelander and stopped at various businesses on Lincoln Street. Detectives are working with Rhinelander police to look at security footage from those stores.

If you think you might have information about this theft, you can contact the LCSO at 715-536-6272. You can also file a report anonymously through Lincoln County Crimestoppers at 715-536-3726 or via this link. Some tipsters may qualify for a cash reward.

Story By: Lane Kimble
Photo By: Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

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