Ken Edwards, proprietor of Blade Masters Yard Upkeep, is attempting to determine how he can proceed to service his 100 clients after somebody drove away together with his livelihood early Monday morning.
Edwards’ video surveillance digital camera captured a single individual getting into his yard close to 14 Mile Street and Van Dyke Avenue at roughly 4 a.m. Monday, creeping on to his patio, then going to the driveway and sizzling wiring his firm truck to which a trailer filled with $35,000 value of apparatus was connected.
Edwards has owned the corporate together with his son, Kenny, for 20 years.
“We reside on a useless finish road so we don’t know if we had been focused or if this was simply random,” mentioned Edwards. “My son had a motorbike and four-wheeler on the patio and the thief checked out these first, then got here across the aspect of the home to the driveway and sizzling wired the truck.”
This pink pickup truck with a trailer connected was stolen from Blade Masters Yard Upkeep in Warren earlier this week.(FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Edwards is scrambling to interchange the stolen gear and get again up and working as quickly as attainable, however the present provide chain points make that activity extremely troublesome. Not solely has the price of trailers and mowers virtually doubled, in lots of instances they’re merely not out there to buy.
A visit to an area industrial garden gear retailer yesterday was discouraging for Edwards and his son.
“They’ve two mowers we are able to order, however they don’t seem to be positive how lengthy it’ll take for supply,” mentioned Edwards. “There’s nothing in inventory proper now; all the things is offered out. That was our livelihood. When somebody takes the instruments it’s worthwhile to feed your loved ones, it simply hits you exhausting. On this enterprise, you will have a brief window the place you can also make your cash and for one thing like this to occur actually units us again.”
The folks on the garden gear retailer indicated Edwards was the third garden upkeep service proprietor inside every week who had are available in and mentioned all of their gear had been stolen.
Edwards mentioned his fundamental precedence is continuous to service his clients, many who depend on Blade Masters to maintain their yards maintained. He hopes to discover a solution to get issues again up and working by subsequent week.
“I’ve a number of the best clients somebody might ask for, so not with the ability to be on the market serving to them is de facto troublesome,” mentioned Edwards. “We service individuals who can’t reduce their garden; we’ve got some clients with most cancers and one buyer whose spouse simply had a stroke. We now have a number of aged clients who simply can’t exit and reduce their yards. It’s not with the ability to assist folks like that that brings you down.”
This video from Ken Edwards’ surviellance
Up till now, Blade Masters had solely had two weed whippers stolen in 20 years of being in enterprise.
The incident has been reported to the Warren Police Division and Edwards hopes his gear could be discovered and returned. Within the meantime, he has had individuals who have provided to mortgage Blade Masters some gear in order that he and his son can get again to serving the neighborhood and making a residing.
Kenny Edwards has began a GoFundMe to assist offset the price of changing the trailer and gear that was stolen. To this point, $2,875 has been raised. To donate, go to gofund.me/10fbea5b.
You probably have info regarding the placement of the Blade Masters truck, trailer or gear, please contact the Warren Police Division at 586-574-4700.
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