Roll Tape…Squid emerged from Squid’s lair and oozed on over to the Weekly’s Seaside office on July 26, expecting to do all the usual stuff: fill up on complimentary coffee, get onto the Wi-Fi network and admire the multiple Squid likenesses used as decoration around the office. But on the way in, Squid noticed a big stack of cardboard boxes piled up in the garage. At first glance, it looked like someone’s recycling heap.
Normally, it might not be a big deal, except a delivery truck with the freshly printed July 27 issue was scheduled to pull up in a few hours, and Weekly Distribution Coordinator Kevin Jones knew he had to clear the way. Jones took a closer look and discovered the boxes weren’t trash—they were full of LED light fixtures and conduit. There were also fire extinguishers, stashed in recycling bins. And there were new printer cartridges and power tools.
The boxes were all addressed to Hope Services, a nonprofit that runs day programs for adults with developmental disabilities and helps them secure jobs.
Jones called Hope and the Seaside Police Department to describe what he’d found, and the gear—estimated to be worth about $12,000—turned out to match with a description of fixtures stolen the night before from a construction site, where Hope Services is converting a Seaside warehouse into a new facility to relocate its classrooms and services.
Conveniently, the stack of stolen lighting equipment was right in front of a security camera. So Squid’s colleagues started watching the camera footage, and found the magic…
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