Video of the Week: Police Say Vandals Used Forklifts as ‘Bumper Cars’

A group of vandals used two forklifts to cause more than $10,000 damage to a Missouri material supply company after they used the vehicles as if they were “bumper cars”, police said.

The incident occurred about 7:45 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at Arch Material Handling, in Wellston, Missouri, in suburban St. Louis. This surveillance video shows five men taking turns crashing the forklifts into an office, destroying walls, tearing down ceilings and generally wreaking havoc.

Jeff Davey, the company’s warehouse manager, said the men apparently broke through an office wall and turned on the lights. Once inside, they were able to find the keys to the company’s two forklifts.

And that’s when the trouble started.

The men drove the vehicles throughout the warehouse for nearly two hours, crashing them into each other as well as damaging the office and other warehouse property. Debris from the incident was thrown all over the warehouse.

At one point, one of the men even rode while standing on top of the forklift. Davey said it’s a miracle none of the men was injured or killed.

Burglary doesn’t seem to be the primary motive for the break-in. Despite the damage, not much was stolen from the company, which installs racks and shelving in businesses and home — just some loose change and coins.

Instead, it appears that the men caused severe damage with the forklifts simply for fun. Davey said the men, who appeared to be in their early 20s, looked as if they were trying to completely destroy the building.

Wellston police are investigating the incident.

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