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Published February 21, 2013, 05:55 PM

Baker man stunned by building disappearance

Baker, MN (WDAY TV) - The Clay County Sheriff's office tonight is looking into the case of the "disappearing steel building."

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Baker, MN (WDAY TV) - The Clay County Sheriff's office tonight is looking into the case of the "disappearing steel building."

It happened in Baker, Minnesota where lakes area businessman Lance Akers was preparing to dismantle an old fertilizer building.

But when he stopped by to do more work, he found the entire building was gone.

Lance Akers, Akers Landscaping: “We are taking it down here.”

It is not often Lance Akers is speechless.

Akers: “I didn't know whether to laugh or be worried.”

Akers had been working on the steel building the last couple of weeks, preparing to move it to his landscaping business on Lake Lizzie. That's when he stopped by and saw nothing.

Akers: “I came by late at night and couldn't see the building and I thought maybe the wind took it down during that heavy storm.”

A 32’ x 48’ steel building vanished.

Akers: “And I had to cross the road and crawl underneath a railroad car to get over here and it was gone.”

The rose colored steel beams and frames are what remained of an old elevator fertilizer storage building.

Akers: “All the columns, all the purlins, it was all red painted oxide steel.”

Clay County detectives say, the public may be the key to solving the case.

Bill Bergquist, Clay Co. Sheriff: “Because we have talked to a few people and they have said, ‘Well yeah, there were people working on it,’ but we just assumed they were the people. So, my hopes are yes that somebody saw something.”

Akers: “Yes, they definitely used a torch to take down all the bolts and take the building apart.”

Talk about gutsy. The thieves worked by the light of day, used a busy road to haul it away and so far, got away with it.

The thieves even took part of the steel roof that were stored in an abandoned elevator. If you saw anything related to this or have information, you are asked to call the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

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