Yet another prole pulls a killdozer on neighbor’s property to “get even”

11 Mar

An El Paso County man used a tractor Wednesday to carve a path of destruction through a neighbor’s property near Yoder, overturning a boat and four vehicles and leaving a home and barn partially collapsed, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said.

Damage is estimated at $250,000.

The brick garage was destroyed. The two-bedroom addition to his home was destroyed. Six vehicles, including a restored 1956 Willys Jeep and 1949 Chevy pickup owned by his father were overturned. Two campers and a trailer were damaged. A propane tank and farm equipment were destroyed. Electrical and phone lines were ripped out.

Lastly, more than a dozen mature elm trees were ripped out of the ground with a chain attached to the front-end loader.

Jack Herbst, 63, was arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief, a felony, and placed in the El Paso County jail on a $10,000 bond.

The victim, Ronald Morphis, said he owed Herbst $60.

“The suspect claimed he was actually owed a much larger sum for work he had done and that he hadn’t been paid for,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Deputy Teresa Murphy said.

Herbst, a hired hand at a neighboring property,  “told the deputies ‘I would have flattened the house but I didn’t want to hurt the dogs inside,'” according to Murphy. “He told them ‘The government is after me, the creditors are after me and Ron owed me money. I got even.'”

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