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Northeast Philadelphia Construction Site Vandalized

By Jericka Duncan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Police are investigating an expensive case of vandalism at a construction site in Northeast Philadelphia.

A crane valued at more than $1 million was mangled and destroyed, and police found other ruined construction equipment as well. Some of it was dumped in the Delaware River at a construction site near Magee and Old State Road.

"We came in this morning, opened the gate," said General Superintendent of Walsh Construction Nestor Martinez. "We saw that the crane was vandalized. They apparently had keys to the equipment. They took the backhoe and dozer. They mashed up the crane and totaled it."

Martinez says Walsh Construction is based out of Chicago. He says the company had been working on a drainage project, and that this is the second time this site has been vandalized.

"The first time, they flipped the dozer and they tied to dump the other dozer in the river," said Martinez.

Martinez tells Eyewitness News his crew left the area around 7 p.m. Wednesday night. The entrance gates were locked. Whoever did this, he believes, is an expert.

Walsh Construction is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of those responsible.

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