Conway police are investigating a theft of construction equipment from the Hendrix College campus.

The school’s public safety chief informed police that a 2003 Caterpillar backhoe was stolen from the campus over the Memorial Day weekend, according to the police report.

The backhoe, valued at $40,532 in the report, was kept in a locked, gravel lot on campus and surrounded by a tall, chain link fence, the police report states.

Officers said tracks were found leading up to the gate. The gate appeared to be unlocked, opened and locked back after the backhoe was taken, the report states.

The school official informed officers that 20 to 30 people possess a key to the gate, and that he would complete a list of employees as soon as possible, according to the police report.

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