Suspect steals excavator in Gainesville, drives into Walmart, police say

A suspect is in custody after the Gainesville Police Department said an excavator was stolen and driven into a Walmart.

According to a post on X, the incident happened at Walmart on SW 42nd Street when the suspect stole a large excavator and took it on a joy ride, managing to take down a few power poles.

Police said the suspect then drove the construction equipment through the wall of the Walmart.

GPD officers are currently working an incident at Wal-Mart (2900 SW 42nd Street) where the suspect stole a large excavator, drove it around the southwest (taking out power poles), and then drove through the wall of the Walmart. The suspect is custody.

— gainesvillepd (@GainesvillePD) September 12, 2023

Officers also said the suspect drove through a storage unit on SW 40th Boulevard.

UPDATE: Officers located another building (storage unit in the area of 2700 SW 40th Blvd) that the suspect also drove through. No injuries reported.

— gainesvillepd (@GainesvillePD) September 12, 2023

No injures were reported in either incident.

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