A 13-year-old boy was stopped Sunday on Interstate 75 while driving a front-end loader, reportedly in an attempt to travel to Fort Lauderdale.
He came upon Magnum Construction at 4202 NW 27th Ave., Ocala, and saw a Mack truck, but could not find the keys. After searching the office, the boy got on one of the front-end loaders parked on the lot and started the vehicle. He drove through the locked front gate and headed down U.S. 27 until he got to the north entrance of I-75, according to the report.
The boy made it about three miles on the busy highway before he was stopped by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.
The front-end loader was recovered by the owner. The piece of equipment was not damaged and no one was injured.
The boy was charged with commercial burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. He was taken to the juvenile detention area at the Sheriff’s Office.