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Aurora Man Charged After Stealing Excavator: Police

Aug 21, 2015 08:45AM ● Published by Steven Jack

An Oswego Police officer removes the excavator from the road early Friday morning. (Photo courtesy of the Oswego Police Facebook page)

An Aurora man is in custody at the Kendall County Jail after allegedly taking a heavy piece of construction equipment for a joyride early Friday morning. 

According to Oswego Police spokeswoman Cathy Nevara, David Salinas, 31, of Aurora, was walking in the area of Mitchell and Treasure drives on the village's far east side just after midnight when he came across an excavator with the keys still in the ignition.

Salinas hopped into the machine and proceeded to drive it about a mile down westbound Treasure Drive, Nevara said. 

Along the way, Salinas allegedly knocked over multiple utility lines belonging to Comcast and AT&T. Damage was also done to the easement along the roadway, Nevara said.

After being stopped by Oswego Police, Salinas was arrested for felony theft, felony theft of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and DUI. According to Nevara, Salinas had a blood alcohol content of .24 — three times the legal limit of .08. 

During questioning Salinas reportedly told officers he was "tired of walking and needed some wheels," according to a post on the Oswego Police Facebook page. 

An Oswego Police officer was still on the scene as of about 8:45 a.m. Friday, and Nevara said AT&T and Comcast crews are still working on repairs in the area. 
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