Public Works Department says $7,000 in Redd Up equipment missing

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PITTSBURGH - On Monday, Target 11 reported on the Public Works Department doing inventory after items couldn’t be found.   On Tuesday, investigator Rick Earle learned the inventory is complete, and more than a dozen items are missing.

The Redd Up crew purchased weed trimmers and other power equipment to clean abandoned lots and spruce up the city.

After disbanding the controversial crew that drew praise for cleaning up neighborhoods and criticism for neglecting others, the city has been unable to locate $7,000 worth of equipment.

“We are talking about 17 pieces of equipment.  We are talking small pieces of equipment and medium size pieces.  We can’t find them,” said Pittsburgh Chief Operations Officer Guy Costa.

The list of missing items includes nine trimmers, three generators, two chain saws, two leaf blowers and one pruner pole.

“We are in discussions with current staff members to see if they know where the equipment is,” said Costa.

If the items don’t turn up, Costa said the information will be turned over to Pittsburgh police.