UPDATE: Thief Steals Backhoe from Rock Recycling Plant in Martinez

December 23, 2013 10:00 am · 21 comments


Claycordians, keep an eye out for this backhoe!

Carone & Co., Inc. had a 1998 CAT 416 backhoe stolen from the Diablo Valley Rock Recycling Plant on Waterbird Way in Martinez sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning.

They say the thief drove the backhoe through the fence that led to Arthur Rd. in Martinez.

If anybody saw anything or knows who took it, please email noriene@caroneandcompanyinc.com or call the CHP.

UPDATE: The backhoe was found stuck in the mud on Buffalo Hill in Martinez near the Carone & Co. facility.


1 TinFoiler December 23, 2013 at 10:03 AM

High probability that it’s Still in the Arthur Rd neighborhood. Owners should hire a helicopter to scan that area. Better yet – Go to Hobbytown and see if they know of a Drone enthusiast to fly over the area.
Like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLb_99f_JSE

2 Dorothy December 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM

A back hoe this time? Sounds like companies are going to start locking up the equipment – or not leave the keys in.

3 Mr.T December 23, 2013 at 10:59 AM

What? Are they going to try to sell it? Cruise around in it? Geez!!! They belong on World’s Dumbest Criminals! Yeah…they will be caught soon!

4 NoMoreFreeRide December 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM

They end up in Mexico. Fact!

5 KROGS December 23, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Our backhoe was stolen years ago off of Rose Lane in Concord. It was found by CHP helicopter in Martinez off of Franklin Canyon Road. I hate thieves.

6 Anon777 December 23, 2013 at 11:21 AM

GPS? Security camera where the backhoe was kept?

WHY would you have hundreds of thousands in equipment AND NOT have the above? It’s gotta make your insurance premiums cheaper too.

7 The Mamba December 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Someone’s getting a new backhoe for Christmas!

8 Should have used The Club December 23, 2013 at 12:02 PM


Clearly, you have no idea what you are talking about. What should the owners have done exactly? Stick a cable lock around the wheel? And I doubt they left the keys in it. They wouldn’t need to. Every equipment operator already has a CAT key.

9 nytemuvr December 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

@Dorothy #2
They are like the easiest vehicle to hot wire, 2 minutes max.

10 Blame the victim December 23, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Not the criminal. It’s the new trendy thing to do.

11 anon December 23, 2013 at 12:59 PM

What’s the S/N?

12 Noriene December 23, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Okay to answer a few comments. No keys are left in equipment. Everyone and their brother has a cat key, which is all that is needed to start it. It was in a secure area, with security cameras but too far away to see clearly. Yes, either the equipment is used for a joy ride or “home project” or they are load into containers and ship to China (containers aren’t checked for stolen contents). As far as GPS, this backhoe will have it soon, after it is repaired. People are extremely brazen……keep your possessions locked up and out of site.
NOW FOR THE GOOD NEWS. TinFoiler WAS CORRECT. THE BACKHOE WAS FOUND STUCK IN THE MUD ON BUFFALO HILL. Thank you to everyone who kept a eye out for it and to the people who told us were it was. Merry Christmas.

13 @10 December 23, 2013 at 1:22 PM

It’s sad, really, how apathetic people have become toward crime. No wonder criminals have free reign. I mean, people actually COMPLAIN that the police are wasting resources when they try to catch crooks. Pathetic.

14 jtkatec December 23, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Stuck in the mud? What mud? It hasn’t rain forever…… Where is Buffalo Hill?

Is it the hill right before Benicia Bridge where the Buffalo used to be?

15 Anon December 23, 2013 at 2:39 PM

I had to look it up myself. It’s East of 680 between the Railroad tracks overcrossing and Pacheco Blvd exit. Where the mx’ers ride.

16 Paco December 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM

oh-o no-o

17 anon December 23, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Darn, I guess I won’t be getting that backhoe for my Christmas present after all.

18 JRConcord December 23, 2013 at 6:47 PM

I was going to return it after I buried the bod… oh heck never mind…

19 Some Dude December 23, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Some BMX’er decided he needed some new terrain?

20 willy jimbo December 23, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Everyone knows that CATS are junk. A smart thief would have gone out and found himself a nice John Deere. Now that’s a nice backhoe……John deere 410 would never have gotten stuck in any mud

21 Walnut Creek Resident December 24, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Yea they found it. A backhoe is hard to hide I guess. Oh well… I hope they catch the thieves. Cannot think of anything clever to say about this except I am so glad the owner will not be out all that money. Merry Christmas owner of big yellow backhoe!!

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