OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) — Three Wisconsin men are facing charges for allegedly stealing a $500,000 excavator and sending it into Lake Michigan in December.
Oak Creek Police were initially baffled as to how the massive earth-moving machine wound up in the lake. But WISN-TV reports a man arrested for a separate crime recently confessed.
Kyle Orr, 22, told police he and Brian Nelson, 18, broke into the construction site and drove the excavator around. Orr says Jerek Stys, 18, joined the pair the following night when Nelson placed a rock on the pedals to send it into the lake.
Police say the excavator was a total loss and removing it cost another $150,000. The three men are charged with operating a vehicle without consent and criminal damage to property.