It may not have crept in on little cat feet, but the quiet reappearance of a 40-foot-long Caterpillar tractor-scraper at the Murieta Equine Center last week was certainly sudden and unexpected.
When the $150,000 piece of heavy equipment was stolen from a construction project at the complex July 26, Mike Buchanan, owner of the Buchanan Company in Elk Grove, feared it would turn up destroyed, if it turned up at all.
Instead, the Caterpillar 623B was undamaged when it showed up early Tuesday morning and its meter showed only an hour’s use. Buchanan credits the outcome to the fact that he acted on information he received after the theft indicating he might have been confused with another contractor, and the equipment may have been taken as payback in a dispute.
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