MURRAY — A week ago someone stole a 26-foot long box truck from a business in the town of Macedon, Wayne County.
Macedon police contacted Orleans County sheriff’s investigators, telling them they had a suspect but only knew the name of the business and the first name of the person they suspected: Jeff.
Two days later investigators were inside a helicopter hovering over Country Construction on Monroe-Orleans Countyline Road.
What they saw was unusual, to say the least.
“Jeffery Paul was in the process of burying the box truck,” Investigator Corey Black. “He was bulldozing it under in a sand pit.”
Paul’s father, David Paul, 72, owns Country Construction and the surrounding 77-acre parcel of land and house.
Investigators called for ground units and took the Pauls into custody. Police secured the scene where the truck was being buried.
The Pauls were cooperative, Black said.
Police kept an eye on the property overnight until Black could get a search warrant, which he did.
Investigators returned to Country Construction Friday.
“We recovered the box truck, two stolen backhoes, one old one that had been dismantled, and a stolen car,” Black said.
A third backhoe was found in a storage barn. It has not been confirmed stolen but likely was, Black said.
One of the backhoes was stolen from the town of Gates in 2006; another stolen from the town of Greece in 2010.
The car was stolen from a residence in Irondequoit.
It was not being used by the Pauls and was in storage, Black said.
Only the box truck was buried, he said.
No charges have been filed against the Pauls pending further investigation.
Black said for now, they face possession of stolen property charges.
“We’re still trying to determine ownership of the property,” He said. “Some of the identification numbers were removed.”