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Suspect sought for causing estimated $1.2M in damages at Stafford construction site

STAFFORD, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities are searching for a suspect who caused an estimated $1.2 million in damages when they used an excavator to damage another excavator at a Stafford County construction site. 

A deputy with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a work site on Potomac Creek Drive on Tuesday for a report of vandalism on heavy equipment. Once at the scene, the deputy spoke with the person who made the complaint to the Sheriff’s Office. 

The complainant told the deputy “that he found extensive damage to one of the excavators” when he arrived in the morning, the Sheriff’s Office said. The excavator was reportedly last seen working properly on May 11. 

Authorities said it seems as if the equipment was damaged by another excavator nearby because the orange paint from the damaged excavator transferred to the other. The Sheriff’s Office said that the complainant estimated the $1.2 million price tag to pay for the damage. 

Stafford detectives are currently investigating the incident and are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Dupree at (540) 658-4515. 

Stay here for updates to this developing story. 

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