CHAMPAIGN — Thieves made off with thousands of dollars worth of equipment and product from a Champaign manufacturing company this month.
Champaign County sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Coile said some time between 6 p.m. on Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday, a manager at Clifford-Jacobs Forging, 2410 N. Fifth St., C, found items missing from three different places within the plant.
Coile said six bronze castings weighing 100 pounds each and worth a total of $6,000 had been stolen from an upstairs building. The castings had been chained together and locked. The chain was cut and a dolly was apparently used to move them.
The manager also found a locked cabinet in the dye shop had been forcibly entered and more than 50 different tools and pieces of equipment such as grinders, socket wrenches, drill bits, micrometers and gauge sets had been stolen.
The thieves cut a hole in a fence that surrounds the property and used a dolly to transport items to a vehicle parked on Wilber Drive, Coile said.
Coile said the report said the business had recently gone through layoffs and employees had been asked to pay more for health insurance. The report also said the business has security guards on site around the clock.
Company representatives put the total loss at $18,197.
Anyone with information on this theft is asked to call the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office at 217-384-1213 or Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477.
Information may also be sent anonymously online at www.373tips.com  or by cellphone text message by sending CCTIP plus the information to CRIMES (274637).
Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information leads an arrest. Cash rewards are also paid for information on other felony crimes or fugitives in the Champaign County area.