WOODBURN, Ore. -- Thanksgiving is on hold for a Woodburn man and his family because of a major setback.
Last week, thieves stole a $65,000 excavator Al Snegirev uses for work as an independent contractor. The excavator is his livelihood, he says, and he’s not sure what to do next.
“Literally, it’s everything we have,” said Snegirev said. “For that to be stolen, I don’t know how I can move on from that.”
The equipment was taken along with a trailer from a job site of off South Pacific Highway near Woodburn on Nov. 16. Snegirev says the thieves appeared to have cut a security cable in order to take the excavator. Unfortunately, Snegirev hadn’t purchased insurance for the equipment.
Snegirev bought the excavator, which was relatively new, earlier this year after saving up money for several years. For the last decade, Snegirev worked for various construction companies before deciding to buy the excavator and become an independent contractor.
“I saw the last 10 years of all my hard work and everything just go down in one night while I was sleeping,” he said.
Without a source of income at the moment, Snegirev says his family is skipping Thanksgiving this year. He’s also worried about what he’ll do during the upcoming holiday season.
“We can’t think or even celebrate anything right now. Our minds are determined on this," he said.
At this point, Snegirev says there aren’t any leads as to who could be responsible. He’s offering up a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the excavator’s return.
“No questions asked. I just need it back,” he said.
If you have any information on the case, you’re asked to contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.