Sophisticated thieves pilfered some $100,000 of emergency response equipment from the S.C. Forestry Commissions main maintenance and storage area in Columbia sometime during the Christmas break, officials said today.
Missing items include critical equipment the agency needs for emergency response, said commission spokesman Scott Hawkins.
Many of the items are things our Incident Management Team must have to respond to large-scale disasters such as the bigger wildfires and hurricanes, he said.
This was not a happy Christmas for us, Hawkins said.
Among the items taken were 13 Dell laptops, two ATVs (all terrain vehicles) equipped for law enforcement and firefighting duties, various tools and a Ford F350 diesel flatbed truck adorned with the agencys logo.