Salt Lake City police arrest man for stealing excavator and digging parking lot

A Utah man was arrested on Saturday after authorities said he stole an excavator from a construction site and drove it a mile to a grocery store in Salt Lake City, where he used the machinery to tear up the parking lot.

Police began investigating around noon after receiving calls about a man “randomly” digging a strip of grass and a sidewalk outside Smith’s grocery store at 828 South 900 West, the police department said. of Salt Lake.

Video and photos shared by the department show a freshly dug muddy trench in the store’s parking lot.

Police say the suspect caused significant damage after hitting a water main and ripping out recently installed fiber optic utility lines. Utility crews determined there was no gas leak and were assessing the extent of the damage.

The suspect jumped into the excavator that was left running while at a construction site at 900 South 300 West, police said. Members of the construction crew followed the suspect to the grocery store, where he began the destruction. It is not known why the man would have stolen the heavy machinery.

A group of witnesses prevented the suspect from leaving the scene until the police arrived.

Video and photos shared by the police department show a freshly dug muddy trench in the store’s parking lot.
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The suspect was taken into custody without incident and was scheduled to be incarcerated in the Salt Lake County Metropolitan Jail for theft and criminal mischief, authorities said. His name and age have been withheld until the booking process is complete.

Police said no injuries were reported and no accidents occurred while the excavator was being used illegally.

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