Maneuvering a large piece of machinery isn’t as easy as it looks. A man was arrested after he stole an excavator from a construction site and ripped up the ground at a local grocery store. At least he had some fun doing it before his inevitable arrest.
Salt Lake City Police in Utah were called to 828 South 900 West where the suspect was digging into the ground, a mile away from the construction site the excavator was stolen from.
“The suspect caused significant damage to the ground, including hitting a water line and ripping out newly installed fiber optic utility lines,” authorities said.
Other agencies were also called to the scene, including Salt Lake City Public Utilities, Salt Lake City Streets, Salt Lake City Fire and Dominion Energy. Crews were there to ensure there was no gas leak due to the damage caused. The full extent of the damage is still being investigated at this time.
Authorities determined the excavator had been left running at a job site when the suspect decided to get in a drive it away from the area. “Crews at the construction site followed the suspect to the grocery store parking lot,” police said.
The large crowd that had gathered at the store assisted in preventing the suspect from leaving the area until police arrived. No injuries or crashes were reported as a result of this incident.
The suspect’s name and age will not be released until he is booked at the Salt Lake County Metro Jail. He is facing charges of felony theft and criminal mischief for the incident.