NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Construction company workers arrive to a job site to find more than $160,000 in damage to their equipment, and now the unknown offender is wanted for criminal mischief.
It happened in a wooded area off Oak Grove Road in North Little Rock where employees who work for Wayne Holder Construction were building a new pipeline.
Deputies say the crew left their excavators and a bulldozer on a dirt road, and on Monday morning the crew arrived to the job site to find the bulldozer had been moved and used to "ram" one of the excavators. They say the other excavator on scene was then used in an attempt to dismantle another.
Deputies who responded to the scene say the bucket of one of the excavators was buried in the cab of another one. They say that whoever operated it had made an attempt to rip the cab off, but were not successful. They were, however, successful in destroying the engine compartment and radiators.
In addition, deputies say the cab was pulled loose to the point that the hydraulic ports had been pulled apart and the bulldozer was pulled up to the excavator with the blade in the raised position and damage was done to both the frame and floor of the cab.
Lt. Carl Minden with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says damages are tentatively estimated in the excess of $160,000 at this point. Anyone with information is urged to call 501-340-6940 or the Central Arkansas CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 501-340-TIPS(8477).