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10-year-old boy takes control of Bobcat construction vehicle in Pittsburgh, damages multiple cars

10-year-old boy drives construction equipment through streets in Brookline
10-year-old boy drives construction equipment through streets in Brookline 02:26

MOUNT LEBANON, Pa. (KDKA) -- A 10-year-old boy drove a piece of construction equipment through the streets in Pittsburgh's Brookline neighborhood, leaving behind quite a bit of damage, according to police.   

The 911 call went out on Fordham Street in Brookline just after 7:30 Monday night, reporting that a child had stolen a Bobcat from a construction site in Mt. Lebanon. Police officers could be seen surrounding a Bobcat on Fordham Street.

Multiple parked vehicles were hit, and a fence and stop sign were knocked down.  

Police reportedly caught up to the child and released him to his family about an hour later. Mt. Lebanon police confirmed the child inside was 10 years old. 

A Ring camera captured the moment the Bobcat skid-steer loader slammed into a fence on Fordham Avenue.

"I couldn't believe it. This is usually a pretty quiet street," said Edward Monk.

"I was in the shower, and I just heard just like a really loud crash and a bunch of beeping. And I had a feeling, honestly, I've been in a lot of car accidents, so I had a feeling it was probably be my car, but I didn't know it'd be anything like this," said Taylor Shea.

The piece of construction equipment damaged Shea's car and several other vehicles.

"My car is really scraped up on the side, took the mirror off my car, but it's definitely not as bad as the other cars over there," Shea said.

Shea said one vehicle appeared to be totaled.

"It was a red SUV and it had probably the most amount of damage. It was all wrecked in on the side and we heard that it was lifted up whenever it was hit, and they did tow that car," said Patty O'Hanlon.

KDKA-TV confirmed on the scene that the construction equipment was taken from a nearby site in Mt. Lebanon.

Ring videos showed the Bobcat vehicle on the move on Castlegate Avenue right before it knocked down a stop sign.

"It was just crazy to see what -- all the devastation on the street and the glass everywhere and we were coming back so luckily our cars weren't hit," O'Hanlon said.

While the Mt. Lebanon police department is investigating the unusual incident, neighbors are just thankful everyone is okay.

"I'm glad nobody was hurt and I'm glad that it doesn't look like he did too much damage. I feel bad for the people whose cars got hit though," Monk said.

The police said they are taking the investigation very seriously because of the age of the person involved.

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