Arrest: Michael Smith 33 yr old male Candle Dr. Blakeslee PA
On 7/20/2018 at approximately 6:50am, Slate Belt Regional Police Officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Male Rd., Plainfield Twp. for a report of a stolen vehicle. Police were advised that a male had just stole a front end loader from a construction site and was last seen traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Rte 33. State Police observed the vehicle on Rte 33 behind the Kmart Shopping Center in Wind Gap, but Smith fled prior to Troopers being able to approach him.
Police from Slate Belt Regional Police Department, Bushkill Twp. Police Department and Pennsylvania State Police came to the area of Taft Street and 6th Street in Wind Gap where Smith was eventually apprehended on foot without incident at approximately 7:50am.
Prior to fleeing, Smith abandoned the loader in a nearby quarry off of Rte 33.
Vehicle: Komatsu WP 500 Payloader
Est. Cost: $500,000
Owned by: Mars Crushing Contractors
SBRPD is charging Smith with Vehicle Theft and related charges.