Man charged with causing $20,000 in damage to stolen construction equipment

Photo: Curtis Alan McCowan Source: Santa Rosa County Jail

A California man is facing felony charges after allegedly causing around $20,000 worth of damage to a piece of stolen construction equipment.

A Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office (SRCSO) report states that Danny Brooks told deputies that his Caterpillar skid steer and Big Tex flatbed trailer were stolen from a work site at 8374 Hwy 89 North.

The Caterpillar skid steer is valued at $70,944 and the Big Tex flatbed trailer is valued at $2,000, according to the report.

Details from the report state that skid steer and trailer were later recovered on an 8-acre property at 6200 block of Clear Creek Road, which is the home of Alan Curtis McCowan, 57, of San Jose, California.

Deputies had GPS coordinates that showed the skid steer was on the property, according to the arrest report.

The report also stated that there was approximately $20,000 worth of damage done to the skid steer, some believed to be done in an effort to make it more difficult to locate (GPS transmitter, decals and serial numbers removed etc).

McCowan fled while the SRCSO deputy was searching the property, but was later located and detained, according to the report.

McCowan was arrested and charged with felony larceny and criminal mischief.

He was transported to the Santa Rosa County Jail and is being held on a total $37,500 bond.

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