Suspects sought in vandalism, theft at Spring Mountain

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
VIDEO: Spring Mountain theft and vandalism
Spring Mountain Adventure owners want to know who the grinches are that stole from his maintenance and storage sheds on Christmas Eve.

SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. (WPVI) -- Spring Mountain Adventure is already hurting from the warm temperatures and lack of business, and now owners are dealing with another problem: thieves.

Owner Rick Buckman wants to know who the grinches are that stole from his maintenance and storage sheds on Christmas Eve.

He explains, "We didn't have any snow so we weren't open, and we didn't really realize it until yesterday morning, Monday morning, when people came back to work."

Buckman provided surveillance video to state police who are now investigating. The images aren't great, but show a pickup truck and another vehicle pull up to the front of the lodge before two people get out.

Buckman believes they spent about an hour on the property and took one of his four wheelers on a joyride before they stole tools and equipment.

"A lot of tools - hand tools, power tools. A lot of it owned by individuals - not by the company," he explained.

Spring Mountain staff went to the company's Facebook page to ask for the public's help in finding the culprits.

Although the surveillance video is grainy, it pinpoints the time of the suspect's arrival to about 7 p.m.

The video also shows that the bandits managed to dodge a routine state police patrol by about an hour.

This is just another blow to Spring Mountain already this week. They've lost about a quarter of a million dollars because of warm weather. But this weekend they hope to be making snow.

"This is a fun job most of the time. We get to see people have a good time, we see families smile. They come here to forget about the real world and politics and everything that's going on in the world and they come here and have a great time with their family. And that's what we go on - that's what we live for."

If you have any information on the theft you are asked to contact police.