By Jonathan Elias, WBZ-TV

MANSFIELD (CBS) — All this snow has created a new high theft item: snow blowers. 

Cambridge, Arlington, and Revere are just a few of the many police departments that have taken reports of stolen snow blowers. 

Melissa and Stephen Bilentschuk of Mansfield are among the victims.  “What took us two and a half hours to do he could do in about 45 minutes with the blower,” says Melissa.

But during the height of Wednesday night’s storm someone stole their $600 blower they had bought just last year. 

“We’ve been here 23 years and nothing has ever been stolen,” says Melissa. Now she and her husband feel violated.

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports.

“I’m very disappointed because that blower made it so much easier to clear my drive and now I’m back to shoveling,” says Stephen. 

The two got up very early Thursday morning to clear their drive and it took them two and a half hours. 

They are now wanting to buy a new one, but the stores are sold out.  So they are looking online now for a used blower. 

Police say the best you can do is take a picture of your snow blower and write down the serial number so you have a record of it.

Comments (11)
  1. Masamba says:

    I have a Craftsman snow blower from Sears. I paid $800., for it a few years back and it breaks down every time that I use it! I’m going to leave it in my driveway and hope that someone will steal it! Won’t they be surprised when they try to use it!

  2. Cynic says:

    A Suggestion…..Go to a Hobby Craft store…Buy an engraver….Put the last four numbers of your Social Security # in several inconspicous places on the blower. Make sure that this information goes on the Police report. Not that the Police will spend a lot of time looking for it . They Can’t, But if they come across it it could help.If you are stuck in the house for a while it wouldn’t hurt to do the same to your other stuff. The last engraver I bought cost $7.00.

    1. john obrien says:

      Engrave four digits of your social on something that could get stolen? That’s just what you want to give to thieves. Are you kidding me???

      1. jake says:

        lol…I know. What an idiot.

      2. Retired Judge says:

        It’s actually a great idea… Not only will it make the object easily identifiable, it will also make it more difficult for the thieves to pawn/sell the goods. We’re talk about the last four numbers here, not a photocopy of your Birth Certificate and Social Security glued to the side of it….

      3. Cynic says:

        Or ANY combination of numbers.The last four are worthless to anyone without the other five.

  3. John D. says:

    John and Jake , read what Cynic wrote. It makes perfect sence. You are correct Retired Judge.

  4. Chris says:

    Heres a thought…Put the snowblower away….or lock it to a fence or railing using a bike lock

  5. Annmarie says:

    give sears a call see if they can fix your snow blower
    craftsman is a good blower
    see how much they will cost you to get it fix

    1. Cynic says:

      Sears used to be good….Now they are thieves…Stay away from them.especially Automotive repairs.

  6. AnnMarie says:

    i hear you there i would not go there for Automotive parts
    thanks for heads up

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