GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A 41-year-old man driving a stolen skid loader left a trail of debris in Grand Island Friday morning, smashing an ATM, lifting part of the roof off a school and damaging fences and yards.
The incident began with a report of a man on a skid loader smashing up a Five Points Bank ATM housed in a small brick building. Officers found the skid loader being driven with an ATM in the front bucket. The driver dumped the ATM during the pursuit.
During the chase, the skid loader went through a fence at Stolley Park Elementary School and ran into the school. Police Capt. Dean Elliott said the school's roof and a classroom's walls were damaged because the skid loader's bucket was up when it hit the building.
School employees moved desks, supplies and chairs from the damaged classroom to the school's media center, Grand Island Public Schools communications coordinator Jack Sheard said in a press release. Sheard did not know when students would be able to return to the classroom.
The skid loader continued across several yards and streets, destroying several fences, including one at Barr Middle School.
At 5:42 a.m., police arrested the man when the skid loader stalled. No injuries were reported, and a dollar amount for the damage was not available.
The skid loader was stolen from the Skagway south parking lot, where it was being used for landscaping improvements.
The man was taken to St. Francis Medical Center and then booked into the Hall County Jail, Elliott said.