Sheriff’s Office seeks information on vandalism of loader

June 3, 2016
By Marcy Shortuse

■ STAFF REPORT     sheriff star
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding the vandalism of a local man’s front-end loader that was parked in the 700 block of 7th Street.
On Tuesday, May 31 deputies were dispatched to meet with a complainant who told them he had parked his 1998 John Deere front-end loader at that address since 2006. He used the machine to clean up yard waste. According to the report, the complainant said the last time he saw the front-end loader intact was Friday, May 27 at approximately noon.
On Tuesday, May 31, a worker at The Gasparilla Inn & Club contacted the complainant and informed him that his front-end loader was damaged. According to sheriff’s reports, the complainant went to the location and found three of the machine’s windows broken out with landscaping bricks.
The front, rear and right-side windows were all broken, resulting in approximately $3,000 worth of damage. The front-end loader joystick inside the cab was also damaged by the bricks, causing an additional $1,000 in damage.
If you have any information regarding this vandalism, contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 964-2400.