Joy ride on stolen tractor wreaks havoc
Numerous cars, fences, Dumpsters are damaged; driver is still at large
A stolen tractor embarked on a path of destruction late Thursday, Aug. 10, and early Friday, Aug. 11, damaging at least five cars, plus two fences and Dumpsters.
It all began when someone stole a tractor with the keys still in the ignition from a farming field at ON Semiconductor in the 23400 block of Northeast Glisan Street during the evening of Aug. 10.
While making his or her getaway, the thief damaged a $2,500 chain-link gate, as well as two irrigation pipes in the field where the tractor was parked.
Judging from dirt tire marks, the suspect drove the tractor onto Northeast Cleveland Avenue and somehow made it a mile and a half to an apartment complex near Red Sunset Park. A resident of the Red Sunset Apartments in the 2400 block of Northeast Red Sunset Drive reported being the victim of a hit and run that caused $3,000 in damage to his white Dodge pickup truck.
While investigating that hit and run, another man reported his two vehicles had been hit - a blue Lincoln Continental and a Ford F150 pickup. Total damage was estimated at $350.
All three vehicles had been scraped down the left side and marked up with tractor tire tracks.
Two other vehicles also sustained similar damage.
But wait, there's more.
The tractor also motored another mile and a half to the Tee Off Estates, in the 3100 block of Northeast 13th Avenue, where one witness reported seeing the tractor tear down a fence and hit several cars and Dumpsters.
A 20-year-old man reported hearing what sounded like a loud lawnmower from his second story bedroom at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. He looked out the window and saw a large tractor 'spinning doughnuts' just south of the parking lot. The tractor then drove through a chain-link fence and knocked over two Dumpsters. The witness' parked car also was hit.
With the fence still tangled in its tires, the tractor continued northbound on Northeast Paropa Court, where it turned around, headed south and hit another Dumpster. This time, the tractor tried to drive over the Dumpster but failed. Then the suspect - a white or Hispanic male wearing a dark hat, red shirt and blue jeans - fled the tractor and ran east toward Northeast Kane Drive.