Customers search for missing lawn equipment from demolished lawn care business

Equipment like chainsaws and lawnmowers is missing after being dropped off at Lafayette Mower Repair on Earl Avenue but the owner is now speaking out about the new location.

Posted: May. 31, 2018 7:08 PM
Updated: May. 31, 2018 7:09 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-- Customers at a lawn repair business are wondering where their equipment is after chainsaws and lawnmowers have gone missing after being dropped off at Lafayette Mower Repair on Earl Avenue.

Customer Norman Hunt just wants answers. He is still confused as to where his property went after dropping off his chainsaw at Lafayette Mower Repair weeks ago. After not hearing back, he took matters into his own hands.

"I just want my chainsaw back," Hunt said. "I went back two to three days later to follow up and the building was being demolished."

According to the owners who live next door, they bought this property to turn it into a parking lot. And the owners of Lafayette Mower Repair shop were supposed to be out back in April. Except when customers came back to get their appliances, all they found was rubble.

Neighbors said the shop's property was bought by Rigo's Auto Sales back in October, but the business was still taking in customers until late May. Rigo's Auto Sales owner Ismael Muñoz said he gets phone calls with questions all the time.

"They'll be people calling and asking for my old neighbor," Muñoz said. "They try to get the phone number and I don't have the phone number, I don't have the address, I have no idea where she went to."

Lafayette Police said the owner filed a police report May 18th for property theft from her building. She told police she was planning to move her business, but never indicated where she was going.

Minutes before Thursday night's broadcast, WLFI received information from Lafayette Mower Repair's owner, Carol Donahue. Donahue said the business has been temporarily moved and the equipment is still being worked on.

In an email to WLFI she stated, "We have temporarily moved repairs to my home until I can find another store in town. All of our customer's equipment is safe and in our care. We are catching up on repairs and are keeping in contact with them."

Lafayette Police said there have been numerous complaints on the relocation and one police report has been filed. Her new temporary location can be found at 5307 Stair Road, Lafayette, Ind.

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