Monday, December 21, 2009

$3m Factory vandalism -- Fort Wayne, IN

Police believe an employee might be responsible for vandalism at a northwest-side factory Sunday that caused what the owner estimates to be more than $3 million in damage.

An intruder entered Hoosier Pride Plastics at 6120 Highview Drive and cut wires, destroyed circuit boards and sliced and drained hydraulic lines on the company’s injection molding equipment, Fort Wayne police Sgt. Carl Egly said. Hoosier Pride makes injection-molded plastic products.

Police were called to the plant about 5:15 p.m.

It’s unclear how the vandal gained entrance, but there were no immediate signs of forced entry, Egly said.

The owner told officers that between the damage to the machinery and the lost production time the loss could exceed $3 million.

The owner thinks an employee who was recently fired is responsible. However, until police complete their investigation, all employees with access to the building are suspects, Egly said.

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