Officials discovered damage to a number of pieces of equipment early Tuesday.
Detectives believe a track-hoe, (a cross between a bulldozer and backhoe) located on the site was utilized to inflict damage.
When deputies and detectives arrived on the scene, a bulldozer was partially overturned. The D8 Caterpillar belonged to a subcontractor.
“Sheriff Jim Ruth and Criminal Investigations Division captain Brian Quinn have authorized a reward in an amount up to $1,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for causing damage to three pieces of equipment used by the site contractor,” said Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for BCSO.
“At this time investigators believe the scoop on the front of a track-hoe was used to damage a road grader and dump truck and inflict heavy damage to a Caterpillar bulldozer.”
The damage to equipment at the Michigan Avenue Road construction site was believed to have occurred during the rainy night Monday or early Tuesday.
The cab of the dump vehicle sustained major damage as it appeared the track-hoe had been used to crush it. The D8 dozer was attacked by vandals on both sides and the fuel tank nearly ripped from its frame.
Ruth said Tuesday his office is handling the investigation.
“Our investigators are actively seeking leads and Crime Scene Specialists are processing evidence collected at the scene,” said Ruth.
“Any information from the public which could help investigators would be greatly appreciated and hopefully, our detectives will be able to solve this crime quickly,” he added.
Anyone with information about this crime should call the BCSO Crime Tip Hotline, 728-7336, as soon as possible.
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office will determine the amount of reward that is paid based on the value of the information in solving the case, according to Gault.
Wright Brothers Construction Company of Charleston is the general contractor for the first two phases of the airport’s development.
Phase I has been completed and the second phase has begun. Wright Brothers was awarded the Phase II contract during a recent meeting of the Cleveland Airport Authority.