Police Looking For Suspect Who Caused $400,000 Damage To Construction Equipment

Sioux Falls Police are searching for the suspect who caused $400,000 in damage to construction equipment in the northwest part of the city.

Police say they were called to the intersection of West Maple Street and North Marion Road at around 12:30 Monday morning. They say someone had heard construction equipment start up in the area and called police.

An officer noticed a Toyota Camry parked nearby and that construction equipment had been tipped over. The officer then saw someone run from the ditch, get into the Camry and take off.

“Somehow they were able to start up a backhoe and then they used that back hoe to tip over several different pieces,” said Officer Sam Clemens.

Police say an F-350, a Caterpillar pay loader and a Kenworth Utility Truck were tipped on their side and the suspect used the backhoe to destroy the cab and engine on the utility truck.

The officer was able to get a license plate number off the Camry. Police say the car had been stolen from Billion Automotive but was later returned to the lot.