TULSA -- Thousands of dollars worth of professional lawn care equipment was stolen from a brand new landscaping company.
Brian Hayes started Hot Shots Lawn and Landscaping about two months ago. He bought riding mowers, weed eaters, blowers and a trailer. They totaled about $10,000.
When his equipment was stolen, he was devastated.
"That's how we eat and we pay for everything," Hayes said. "That was it. That was our everything. I was crying like a little girl."
He and his wife have been going door to door handing out business cards trying to build their business. Hayes said so far they have mowed about 25 yards.
"I was proud of our stuff," Hayes said. "It made us look good. It made us look good because we are good. We're hot shots."
The trailer was taken from a hotel parking lot at 51st and Yale on Tuesday night. Cameras in their parking lot caught a black truck pulling up next to Hayes truck and trailer that was parked near the front door. A video shows they stayed just a couple of minutes and then the trailer was gone.
Hayes said the back of his truck is damaged from them trying to get the trailer loose.
"All the equipment was chained down to keep people from reaching over and stealing," Hayes said of his trailer with a cage around it. "The tongue, of course, chained down."
He even had shirts made with their logo on it for him and his wife to wear while they did the yard work.
"I'm not going to quit," Hayes said. "I don't care if I have to use a $10 weed eater. I don't care what I have to use. I am going to pull grass by hand and I don't care. I don't want to quit."
Hayes borrowed a lawnmower and weed eater from a friend this week to continue his business. He said when he had problems with the equipment Thursday, he started pulling the grass up with his hand so he did not let his customer down.
"Some thieves got off with our stuff just to make a dollar," Hayes said. "Probably don't know what it's like to sweat and earn your money."
He did file a report with Tulsa Police.
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