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Stolen Caterpillar front-end loader recovered

UPDATED: Wed., May 28, 2014, 5:44 p.m.

A $100,000 Caterpillar front-end loader stolen from a Spokane Valley job site at some point during Memorial Day weekend was found Wednesday afternoon not far from where it was taken.

The 40,000-pound piece of equipment was stolen from a project site in the 16100 block of East Broadway Ave. It was found parked on a residential street in the 2300 block of South Carnine Court.

The thief drove the 2006 938-G loader through an east side security fence, a news release from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said.

The owner of the company working at the site on Broadway rented a helicopter on Tuesday to search for the machine but could not find it. The manager said the machine was locked but that a universal Caterpillar key could have been used to steal it.

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