PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire State Police are investigating a burglary at the Wildcat Mountain ski area, reporting that 20-30 pulley-like wheels used on the towers of chair lifts to guide the cables have been stolen.

The aluminum wheels, which are called sheaves and weigh up to 10 pounds each, are worth about $19,000.

Police say the sheaves were in the process of having maintenance done on them for the upcoming ski season.

The sheaves are about 12-14 inches in diameter and some are stamped with serial numbers. Several of them have “Doppelmayr”, “CTEC” or “Riblet,” manufacturer’s names, stamped on the side.

Police say it’s expected that these sheaves may turn up at metal recycling centers or scrap yards where they may be turned in for cash.

Police are asking businesses in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine that deal in recycling metals or scrap to be aware of these items and to call with any information.


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