Vandalism Damages 100-ton Crane in Iowa

After a vandalism spree late last month in Ottumwa, Iowa, caused $250,000 worth of damage, an Iowa construction firm is offering a $10,000 reward to see those who destroyed several pieces of equipment brought to justice.

On Feb. 27, vandals entered the work site of Iowa Bridge and Construction, LC, which was building bridges on the Ottumwa overpass, and used a backhoe to mangle a 100-ton crane, a backhoe, and two trucks.

According to Iowa Bridge and Construction LC's vice president, the vandals drove a loader/backhoe down an excavation into a cofferdam. Then, the vandals used an excavator to damage the other equipment before walking it off the jobsite. One of the damaged pieces of equipment was a 100-ton crane that the company had purchased in April for $600,000. Estimates from clean-up crews indicate that it will be at least two months before the machines are operational enough to be taken from the site.

Read the original here in The Journal of Washington, Iowa.