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Thieves steal $10,000 worth of lumber from Austin construction site

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Posted at 8:01 AM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 09:01:14-05

AUSTIN, TX (KEYE/CNN) — It took less than 20 minutes for three men in Austin to steal more than $10,000 of lumber from a construction site.

And it was all caught on camera...

Ring video taken Saturday evening captures a truck backing into a construction site on Banister Lane in south Austin.

Moments later, three men work quickly to move multiple pallets of wood onto the truck.

"They had entered our job site and had some universal keys and they were able to use those keys to operate our equipment," Evelyn Poplin with Motivado Group said.

Poplin said the thieves obviously knew what they were doing.

When she contracted her supplier for more lumber, Poplin learned another construction company was also hit by three men in a similar vehicle.

The thieves have hit the company four times.

Marcelino Recendiz says cameras at his company's construction site in north Austin took these photos of a truck and the three men who drove off with lumber in December.

"Same getaway vehicle and what appears to be the same driver and accomplices including the man wearing all red, red hat, red sweater," she said.

Poplin is worried the thieves will strike again.

Police arrived on scene just minutes after the burglary.

The construction company is offering a $2,500 reward to anyone who can recognize the truck or provide information leading to an arrest.