Teen takes destructive joyride

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (KARE) – A Minnesota teen is facing serious charges after stealing a front-end loader and going on an hours long joyride.

Police in Hopkins responded to a business alarm early Monday at Metro Motor Cars.

When squads arrived shortly before 5 a.m. they found a front end loader that had crashed through the front of the building, and a 15-year-old boy hiding inside.

Officers quickly deduced that the teen had crashed the front end loader through into the used car dealership to commit a burglary.

Hopkins Police Sergeant Michael Glassberg says at least one vehicle was also damaged in the incident.

A bit of legwork led to the discovery that the teen had stolen the large utility vehicle in St. Paul. An analysis of the GPS on the front end loader indicates that the suspect drove it through the U of M campus and through downtown Minneapolis before winding his way into Hopkins.

How he made it that far without anyone noticing a front end loader driving down the street is still a mystery.


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