Police are investigating after a wood splitter was stolen from the Marys River Gleaners on Friday night.
The log splitter was stolen from the Gleaners’ location at 1300 SW Philomath Blvd., according to police. A coordinator for the Gleaners told police the splitter, which is a 22-ton Papé brand machine and is grey and red, had been locked with a padlock.
She said the organization’s spare splitter was locked up when she discovered one of the machines was missing. She provided police with a list of people who had access to the padlock.
The Gleaners donates food and wood to low-income, disabled and elderly residents in the community. The group takes part in the Linn-Benton Wood Share program by picking up donated wood, chopping it and delivering it to people who use wood as a primary source of heat, said Patty Nobles, secretary of Marys River Gleaners. Nobles said the wood splitter was donated last year by Papé Machinery in Eugene.