UTICA, IN (WAVE) - Three teenagers are facing charges after they vandalized construction equipment on private property.
A neighbor called police around 12:30 Saturday morning, after she heard heavy machinery ramming into buildings and storage trailers at Clark Nickles's Heavy Machinery, on Brown Forman Road.
The teens climbed into a 330 Caterpillar excavator, shattered the windshield, ripped the seat and tore out a switch, all while ramming it into a trailer storing thousands of dollars of lumber and metal, according to owner Clark Nickles.
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"I also have a D7 Caterpillar bulldozer that they rammed into other things, broke the exhaust pipe and broke the manifold," Nickles said.
The owner estimates the equipment damage at nearly $9,000. However, the damage to the irreplaceable materials is nearly $50,000.
"The trailers are all cut in two pieces," Nickles said. "A 45 foot trailer was rammed into a pile of dirt."
One trailer was storing several pieces of electrical equipment that was already sold to a third party.
Nickles doesn't expect to be reimbursed for anything because he doesn't have insurance.