I can not replace it for its value. It is a heavy equipment construction roller used in c impaction. It is a 1950-60s (estimate) certified appraisal was for $450 site unseen - photos only. It would cost between $30,000 - over $150,000 to replace used - unless I get very lucky;
The issue is the airstrip safety for landings takeoffs of fixed wing aircraft owned by others at this airport;
They took it with them. That evening a Sheriff contacted tenant admitted he had it, said it was his. They were contacted via fax by estate attorney not to enter without him or me; they entered the next morning by cutting chain on entry gate. I have written statements describing vehicles both days. We are pursuing under tenant via judgement.
I was informed by one of the pilots that as it is related to aircraft safety it could be a felony. Added to this question is it is a private airport and would that matter
The one primary question which is most important as to the Felony Charge --
Is it a Felony to steal safety and/or equipment from a private airport....? or any airport.
Secondary: The value as there is an appraisal v. the replacement cost - This is not clear to me as to being a sufficient component alone in criminal charges especially given the $450 certified appraisal (photos only was provided). - I'm just guessing - given Courts being so overloaded and not knowing if consideration is given to its value at time stolen v. replacement cost.
Determining anything regarding a private airport has been almost impossible and I have spoken to several: private/public airports owner/operators.
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