A man in the US stole an excavator from a construction site and then drove it near a grocery store to dig the ground.
A man was arrested after stealing an excavator from a construction site in Salt Lake City and driving it about a mile to get close to a grocery store and dig up dirt, police said. . The cause of the incident was that he had a conflict with the staff in the store about the parking space outside the store.
Nearby witnesses called 911 around noon to report an unknown man ‘coming from’ and then drove the excavator himself to dig in the grass and sidewalk outside Smith’s at 828 S. 900 West, Florida.
During the course of the incident, police said he hit a water pipe and tore through newly installed fiber optic cables. There were no gas leaks, according to utility officers and firefighters who investigated and investigated the scene. Police said they were still working to figure out the full extent of the damage.
According to court documents, the man, 46-year-old Omar Ortega, stole the excavator from a nearby construction site and drove it close to the scene himself. Witnesses at the site watched him as he drove the machine to the grocery store about a mile west. Police also said the crowd at the store prevented the suspect from leaving before security officers arrived.
The total cost of damage to the city from the incident is estimated at more than $40,500, Florida state police said.
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