The Washington County Sheriff's office is asking for the public's help in solving a theft, but this theft is an unusually large one and the first of its kind for all parties involved. YNN's Erin Moran has more.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. -- Mike Bilodeau has been in the mobile home business for 23 years and he did his most recent purchase like all the others.
“I'm pretty upset about it. It's quite a lot of money and I just can't believe anyone would have the audacity to hook onto that large a home and steal it,” said Bilodeau.
He left his newest mobile home purchase in the Big Apple Diner's parking lot off of State Route 4 in Hampton, waiting for the permits to bring it across the state line to Vermont. He said he’s paid to and left purchases in the parking lot for years, with no trouble.
“I usually don't leave them for any longer than two weeks, but I had emergency surgery and was on bed rest for several weeks and so I had to leave it here and when I came back last Saturday to check on it, it was gone."
Bilodeau said the 70 foot long two bed, two bath mobile home was like new, fully furnished with central air and had a value of more than $50,000.Now he's offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who helps police find it.
“This is not acceptable. It's a financial burden on me and it's worth $5,000 to me to find out who did it,” said Bilodeau.
“There's one witness that describes a white tractor hooking up to it at about 5 p.m. last week and the last that they saw it, it was headed out on Route 4 towards Vermont,” said Bruce Hamilton, Senior Investigator for the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Hamilton said they believe the home is within 20 miles of the diner, but besides that, they have no leads.
Bilodeau said he had a couple cash buyers waiting for the home to get to his sales lot and if they can't find it, his small business will be hit hard. He said a $5,000 reward is small change compared to what he could lose without this home.
“Somebody knows where this home is and I'm hoping that that amount of money will spur somebody to come forward and I'm hoping that it brings the people who are responsible for this to justice,” said Bilodeau.
Anyone with information about the stolen mobile home is asked to contact Investigator Hamilton at (518) 746-2482.