Stolen Chain Saws Leave Store Owners Stumped

Early Monday morning thieves smashed the front window at a Bellevue business then grabbed nine heavy duty chain saws.

It appears as if the burglars had a specific type in mind. J&J small engine repair owner Tim Slobodnik said, “It’s not really for trimming limbs but for doing your major cuts.” The chainsaws range in prices from $400 to $600. Add in the cost of the smashed window and this is a $5,000 break-in.

J&J is a third generation power and yard equipment retail and repair shop. Tim’s mother and co-owner Judy Slobodnik said, “I guess you get trusting and don’t think it will happen to you but it does.”

The shop is adding more security including a metal grate to cover the front window made by the mechanics.

Tim said, “Try to make it harder for them to steal power equipment. I suppose if they want it they can get it but they’re going to have to work for it.”

The shop has insurance but with a deductible the small business will be hurt financially.


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