Expensive Laser System Stolen from SWM Construction Site

A Niles road contractor has been hit by either some very sophisticated thieves who knew exactly what they were looking for or somebody who figured whatever it was that they were taking might be worth something to the right buyer. Berrien County Sheriff’s Deputies are trying to get to the bottom of a breaking & enterting crime in Bertrand Township back in the middle of the month and have made their investigation the crime of the week this week with Crimestoppers.

Selge Construction of Niles, is a specialty contractor dealing in excavating, directional drilling, earthmoving and ancillary concrete work for roadwork on underground utility projects. On the morning of May 19th employees arrived at their work site in the 1700 block of Mayflower Road in Bertrand Township ready to get to work, only to find their trailer broken into a nearly $40,000 laser system stolen.

Worse yet, they’re not certain when the break-in took place, only pinning it sometime between May 12th and May 17th. The theft of that Trimble Laser system is the crime of the week under the investigation of Deputy Jennifer Newman. We’re just now learning of the break-in two to three weeks after the fact and share it with you now in case a reader has information on the theft.

Crime Stoppers wants the person or persons responsible for this crime and will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to their arrest. Crime Stoppers also pays cash rewards on other felony crimes and the capture of fugitives.

You can contact them about this or any felony crime or fugitive, by submitting an anonymous tip online at www.michianacrimestoppers.com, or through a link on their Facebook page. Or you can submit a tip through the same secure link using your smart phone. Look for the free P3 Tips mobile app. You can still call toll free at (800) 342-STOP, where you will be given a code number and they won’t ask your name.

Selge Construction Co. was founded 57 years ago in 1960, and they have constructed a wide range of projects over their nearly six decades in the business.