Stolen generator impacting Calaveras search and rescue team

Arnold, Calif. — The theft of a generator belonging to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team is impacting its already tight financial results.

A member of the mostly volunteer team discovered the theft from an Arnold County incident support trailer on Monday. The trailer was parked inside the fenced facility, but that didn’t stop the thieves, who cut through the chain-link fence and then broke a “locking mechanism” to get into the trailer.

Sheriff officials said the generator provides the team with power for incident command during off-grid search and rescue incidents, communications, map making and field lighting. The Sheriff’s spokesman, Lt. Greg Stark, revealed, “Equipment purchase and maintenance is primarily done using funds generated by volunteers during fundraising efforts. Replacing the generator will consume funds that were already budgeted for other equipment needed for direct search and rescue activities.

Genset type stolen
Courtesy of CCSO

Sheriff officials released this photo of the stolen Honda EU3000 generator and gave this description: a 3000 watt inverter generator (EU3000), approximately 26″ long by 18″ wide and 22″ tall and weighing over of 130 lbs. Anyone with information regarding this theft should contact the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office at (209) 754-6500 or the Anonymous Hotline at (209) 754-6030.

Brandon D. James