Kansas man steals heavy equipment loader, drives it through yards

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Shane Funk Shane Funk
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

A 46-year-old man is facing several charges after stealing a piece of heavy equipment and driving it through several Topeka yards.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the man stole the construction equipment early Sunday morning and drove it through several yards in northeast Topeka.

Topeka police evacuated several homes as a precaution before using bean bag pellets to stop the man driving the loader.

Police Capt. Colleen Stuart says the man refused to stop and turned the loader toward police before officers fired the nonlethal rounds at him.

The man has been charged with felony theft, criminal property damage and aggravated assault on a police officer.

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