A COEUR D'ALENE MAN NEEDS HELP AFTER THIEVES STOLE
WHAT HE CALLS.
THE KEY TO HIS LIVELIHOOD.
IT DISAPPEARED AT A SITE ON PRARIE BETWEEN ATLAS AND
KXLY 4'S CAITI CURREY TELLS US WHY HIS STOLEN BACKHOE
IS MORE THAN JUST A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT.
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It is not uncommon in the construction industry to
set up for a job the night before meaning leaving
tractors and trailers at a job site so come the next
morning you can get to work.
Well, that's exactly what Matt Aparicio was doing
on Monday night, like he'd done a million times before.
TUESDAY MORNING MATT APARICIO WAS READY TO WORK.
ONLY TO FIND HIS 2005 CATERPILLAR BACKHOE.
SIMILAR TO THIS ONE HERE.
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then it just kinda set in that Wow somebody really
could have stolen this backhoe.
HE'S SAYS IN ALL HIS YEARS GROWING UP IN THE CONSTRUCTION
HE'S NEVER KNOWN ANYONE TO HAVE A HUGE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT
LIKE THIS STOLEN.
NOT ONLY IS THE BACKHOE VITAL TO HIS EXCAVATING BUSINESS...
It's the life blood of me and my family.
It pays the bills it's like a framer without a hammer.
WHEN THE RECESSION HIT MATT NEEDED TO CUT COSTS WHERE
EVER HE COULD.
AND KEEPING HIS 18-HUNDRED DOLLAR A MONTH INSURANCE
DIDN'T SEEM LIKE A FEASIBLE OPTION.
UNLIKE SO MANY.
MATT'S COMPANY MADE IT THROUGH THE RECESSION.
I'm thinking 'yeah I'm finally doing this! feeling
kinda proud, proud of myself of what me and my wife
AS OF NOW THERE ARE NO LEADS.
AND WITH EQUIPMENT LIKE THIS.
ANYONE COULD HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH IT.
A USED BACKHOE WILL COST MATT ANYWHERE FROM 60 TO
70 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
A HUGE SET BACK FOR HIM.
MATT SAYS HE'S NOT A VINDICTIVE PERSON.
HE JUST WANTS WHOEVER STOLE IT TO BRING IT BACK.
NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
It's really about me and my family, and it's me and
my 3 kids and you took everything away from me to
provide to provide for that family.
REPORTING IN COEUR D'ALENE, CAITI CURREY KXLY 4 NEWS.