On Aug. 29, Marple Township Police responded to the area of Abbott Drive in the Lawrence Park industrial park where two contractor vehicles were stolen and expensive tools and equipement were stolen from several others, according to Marple Police.
Four different companies—Feehan Plumbing, WM Henderson Plumbing, AJT Electrical Contractors and Sciulli HVAC—were impacted in those thefts, according to Marple Police.
At least 18 work trucks were targeted across Delaware County in recent weeks, including Marple, Newtown, Aston, Upper Darby and Haverford townships, according to the Delaware County News Network.
Investigators from across the county are now working together to catch the thieves.
"These are brazen professionals who know what they’re doing,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told the Delaware County News Network.
Chitwood told the Delco News Network that the estimated loss to local businesses, across the county, could be more than $500,000.
Read more about the county-wide investigation here on the Delaware County News Network.