Police: 15-year-old steals front-end loader, crashes it into car dealership

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A 15-year-old is accused of stealing a front-end loader and driving it around for hours before crashing it into a used car dealership in Hopkins.

Hopkins police responded to Metro Motor Cars on Excelsior Boulevard around 4:51 a.m. Monday to find "significant damage" to the front end of the building caused by a "large" front end loader, a news release says.

Police believe the male suspect stole the machine in St. Paul and drove it around for several hours before arriving in Hopkins – about 20 miles away. It appeared the suspect drove the front-end loader into the building to burglarize it, police said.

“We have no clue at this point why this happened,” Hopkins Police Sgt. Michael Glassberg told the Star Tribune. “It’s not every day that you see someone use a front-end loader to go through the front of the business.”

Investigators found the suspect hiding in the damaged building, and he was arrested for burglary without incident.

Charges have not officially been filed.

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