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UPDATE: Man steals excavator and starts ripping up the ground, breaks water line

Aug 6, 2022, 2:11 PM | Updated: Aug 7, 2022, 10:26 am
Image of the scene where a man stole an excavator and broke a water line (Photo courtesy of Ray Boo...
Image of the scene where a man stole an excavator and broke a water line (Photo courtesy of Ray Boone)
(Photo courtesy of Ray Boone)

SALT LAKE CITY – A water line broke by a Smith’s parking lot earlier after a man stole an excavator and began ripping up the ground. 

The man, identified as 46-year-old Omar Ortega, reportedly stole the excavator and drove a mile to 800 South 900 West where he began digging up the ground. A water main was ruptured and some google fiber wires were ripped up. 

Responding officers stopped and arrested Ortega. He has been charged with felony theft and felony criminal mischief.

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UPDATE: Man steals excavator and starts ripping up the ground, breaks water line