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Shirtless father leaves baby, steals crane to drive through fences

WZZM-TV • Sep 25, 2017 at 8:08 PM

MUSKEGON — A 32-year-old Fruitland Township man was arrested Monday morning after he stole a large construction crane and drove through fences and parking lots along Roberts Street in Muskegon, police said.

According to authorities, the crane was parked inside a security fence of ESCO. The company is in the process of closing down. The crane was on the site to move large equipment.

Shortly before 7 a.m. Monday, police were called to Roberts Street and East Barney Avenue on reports that someone was driving the construction equipment recklessly. The man intentionally smashed fences and light poles before turning the crane off.

One employee at ABC Supply Co. said workers convinced the man to stop running things over by offering him a cigarette and a Coke. He was smoking and drinking when Muskegon police officers arrived.

A 2-month-old infant was also located nearby with no visible injuries. The man claimed he was the child's father. Both were taken to the hospital for evaluation and Child Protective Services has joined the investigation.

Roberts Street was shut down to traffic for about an hour Monday morning while crews cleaned up the scene and repaired downed wires.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Muskegon Police Department at 231-724-6750 or Silent Observer at 231-722-7463.

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