Adrian Castillo works for his family’s business building and finishing homes and is an honest man who works just like the average person in this country.
But when he showed up to work this morning at a construction site in Dogtown he saw something all too familiar.
His business had been burglarized. Thieves broke into their large tool boxes with bolt cutters and completely wiped him out. Castillo estimates close to ten thousand dollars’ worth of equipment was taken.
“It’s pretty common,” Castillo said. “That’s what bums me out. I hear it from contractors all the time, stuff just getting stolen.”
“This is how I make my living. And when you’re stealing tools you’re almost taking someone’s livelihood. This is how I feed my family so to speak. For someone to do that is frustrating. This has happened before and it never gets any easier.”
The thieves didn’t stop with the tools either. They went all the way up to the third floor and took a furnace and an AC unit. One of the biggest problems is Castillo doesn’t think there is anything he could have done differently.
“Everything was locked, everything was secure, tool boxes were all changed together. We have good locks on them. You try to do everything you can but you have to put some kind of trust into it,” Castillo said.
Trust is a hard thing to have nowadays in St. Louis.
Crime in the Dogtown area is actually going down though. Statistics show there’s been a 16 percent drop in crime in the neighborhood compared to this time in 2015/ But apparently that hasn’t stopped thieves from hitting a construction site.
Castillo believes the tools will end up on Craigslist or in a pawn shop eventually to be sold for cash. Police say the investigation is ongoing.
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