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Dirt Stolen from construction sites in the Tri-Cities

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. -  It is nothing new, people stealing from construction sites but dirt?

Construction workers said top soil costs about 150-dollars a dump truck load.

Keith Larson is the Vice President at the Apollo Construction Company in Kennewick.  He said dirt been stolen in the past.

West Richland Police Officer Bill Leach said, "If they need top soil they're going to pay well for it.  The people hauling it have to get it somewhere and if they're paying for it their profit goes down.  Pretty easy pickings unless someone is watching you."

Police said construction sites are monitored throughout the Tri-Cities, but last Saturday a large pile of dirt was taken from a construction site near Flat Top Hill in West Richland.

Leach said, "We do a lot more extra patrols and the constructors are getting smarter."

Larson said, "When you are at a site we contact the police department and ask them to go by two or three times a night.  As a construction site were constantly faced with added preventive measures, motion detectors, cameras, faculties to store our materials."

Construction workers said protecting their sites is a constant issue.

Larson said, "Top soil is a hot commodity in the Tri-Cities."

Leach said, "people don't think they need to report it because it's just dirt, but there's a value to it."

Some construction workers said they have not experienced any recent thefts but most said they have added extra measures in recent years to protect themselves from being victimized.