It's not the most inconspicuous piece of equipment, so when a Bonner County road grader went missing from the community of Sagle on Christmas, Bonner County sheriff's deputies put out the word to neighboring law enforcement agencies. The 29-foot grader, which stands more than 10 feet high, was tracked more than 300 miles away to Helena, Mont. It turns out that the equipment has a GPS unit on board.
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports
that a 62-year-old Helena man has been taken into custody and the Caterpillar 140M2 commercial road grader is being analyzed by the manufacturer to see if it is mechanically sound. Police said they haven't determined how the suspect got the machine started or how it was transported to Montana.
It's far from the first piece of heavy equipment stolen in the region. Earlier this year, a backhoe went missing in Spokane County and an excavator was stolen from Kootenai County. Both pieces of equipment were ultimately recovered a good distance away.
Boise residents may remember a November 2006 incident when two employees of Idaho IceWorld stole a Zamboni, drove it out of the ice rink and through a local Burger King drive-through.