Help sought in thefts at Manzanar

Press release

The National Park Service is seeking—and may pay up to $1000 for—information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for stealing equipment and tools at Manzanar National Historic Site between September 20 and 21, 2016.


Between 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 20, and 6:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 21, unknown persons forcibly entered a locked storage building and stole a trencher, a small trailer, a circular saw and stand, three nail guns, and other power tools valued at more than $19,000. The specific items and models are:

Ditch Witch Walk-Behind Trencher, Model RT24

Ditch Witch Trailer, Model S2B, license plate number I56512T

Makita Reciprocating Saw, Model XRJ03Z

Porter Cable Biscuit Joiner, Model 557

DeWalt Finish Nailer, Model D51275K

DeWalt Full Head Nailer, Model D51845A

DeWalt 12” Compound Sliding Miter Saw, Model DW708

DeWalt 3 HP Router, Model DW625

DeWalt Miter Saw Stand, Model DW723

Milwaukee Hawk Rotary Hammer

Porter Cable Rotary Sander, Model 505

Skillsaw Worm Drive Saw, Model 77

DeWalt Power Planer, Model DW680K

DeWalt ½” Hammer Drill, DW505K

The tools and equipment are regularly used for preservation and maintenance at Manzanar. Their loss will adversely impact important programs and projects at the site.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact National Park Service Law Enforcement at (760) 786-3260.


Manzanar National Historic Site is located at 5001 Hwy. 395, six miles south of Independence, California. For further information on the site, please call (760) 878-2194 ext. 3310, visit the website, or explore our pages for “ManzanarNationalHistoricSite” on Facebook and “ManzanarNPS” Instagram.


5 Responses to Help sought in thefts at Manzanar

  1. Low Inyo October 23, 2016 at 6:17 am #

    Doesn’t necessarily have to be an inside job and casting a shadow on anyone working there…where I live a few years back, the FFA yard was raided and things stolen….again at a couple of the DWP yards….maybe just the culprits knowing there would be valuables in a garage at a National Park,breaking in,taking whatever was in there,and,as in this case,hitting the jackpot with a lot of good ,expensive stuff…

  2. Earl Duran October 22, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    Sounds like an inside job for sure, how would anyone know what was in the storage shed, was the lock cut, and why was the public not made aware of the crime.

  3. Nes Lessman October 20, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

    Sounds like an inside job. Nice pictures of the tools. I guess it’s helpful for any insurance claims.

  4. Low Inyo October 20, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    What I’d like to know,if this happened on September 20th,why on Earth are we ,and the Sierra Wave just being told about it now ?……someone dropped the ball on this one to alert the public traveling HWY 395 for a BOLO for this equipment tailing behind a truck or vehicle…whether LE likes it or not,the public is the # 1 assist on things like this,not for them to just try to find out on their own investigation..public assistance is the # 1 crime-stopper and solver,especially in an area where there’s one way in and one way out of the valley…hell,if this happened a month ago,the culprits are probably basking on a beach somewhere sipping a margarita…or using this stolen equipment and making money doing so in South Dakota or beyond…

  5. eastern sierra October 20, 2016 at 11:56 am #

    I hope they catch these thieves.
    Unfortunately I am not hopeful since it has been almost a month since the incident.
    I would have been better if people where aware closer to the theft. The stuff is probably long gone.


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