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JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A heavy duty haul in Jefferson County.

Investigators are trying to figure out who stole nearly 10 tons of steel along with how and why they did it.

It happened in a storage area for a general contractor called Infrastructure Management at Little Bussen & Biltmore Roads outside of Fenton in Jefferson County.

At least 7, 30 foot long steel 'I-beams' were stolen plus two 10’ by 8’ steel plates.  The total haul estimated at close to 20,000 lbs; worth an estimated $20,000.

“Five, 24” by 30’ I beams, the weight on those are approximately 3,000 pounds each,” said Captain Ron Arnhart of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.  “The [two] 8” by 30’ ‘I beams’ are approximately 1500 lbs. each.  So you’re talking a lot of weight,” he said.

The steel plates weighed about 800 lbs. each, he said.

Investigators don’t see how anyone could have pulled it off.

They believe someone must have seen something – but perhaps didn’t realize what they were seeing.

“Something at the time that maybe you didn’t think was out of the ordinary but now after they hear the story then they think back , ‘well that may have been out of the ordinary’,” Arnhart said.  “You’re going to have to have a large trailer and some type of heavy equipment.”

Another mystery is what someone would do with stolen steel. Investigators have checked scrap yards – but this is far from your typical metal theft of copper gutters and wiring.

“This is something different, yes sir,” Arnhart said.

The ‘I-beams’ weren’t something the owner checked on every day, so the time frame of the crime is wide open:  most likely between January 14th and 23rd.  If you have any information, call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at 636-797-500.