Police: Vandals cause $30K in damage to construction machinery in Rock Hill

Someone caused $30,000 in damage to a piece of construction equipment after dumping dirt into the engine, according to Rock Hill Police.

Officers on Wednesday responded to a construction site on Chalmers Row, where an employee of Matthews Construction said someone damaged a piece of John Deere construction equipment.

The employee said the machine made a “knocking” sound when it was cranked up. The equipment had been serviced recently and wasn’t making the sound.

Mechanics told the business it appeared someone had opened the engine compartment on the newer model machine and filled the oil tube with dirt, police said. The engine, valued at $30,000, had to be replaced.

No arrests have been made.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala