Man Steals FRONT END LOADER from Neighboring Town to Plow Snow in His Own Town

Man Steals FRONT END LOADER from Neighboring Town to Plow Snow in His Own Town

Man Steals FRONT END LOADER from Neighboring Town to Plow Snow in His Own Town
Photo: Sora News 24

A man in a small town of Hokkaido prefecture in late November was arrested from stealing a front end loader in a neighboring town. He said he did that as he only wanted to clear the snow in his area.

In a Sora News 24 report, the resident, 45, foresighted that it would be an especially snowy winter. Just in early December, the Niigita prefecture left over 1,000 cars stranded on a highway due to heavy snow.

However, instead of requesting the local government to provide them a budget for snow plows, he decided to take the matter in his own hands. 

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Last November 28, the second-hand shop owner drove out to a construction site in the neighboring town of Kamifurano. He was able to start the front end loader with a master key and drove it back home.

While it is unclear how the man got the master key, people can just buy one-size-fits-all keys for heavy equipment on Amazon.

Man Steals FRONT END LOADER from Neighboring Town to Plow Snow in His Own Town
Photo: Sora News 24

On December 8, Hokkaido Prefectural Police were able to track down the man. During the interrogation, he admitted that he stole the equipment for his own use in clearing snow. The police also found several stolen items in his shop.