Grain drill damaged in attempted theft in Elwood

May 9 2011 - 11:30pm

ELWOOD -- Owners of the Nelson Family Farm on the 9200 North block of State Road 13 likely will have difficulty recovering from the damage to their grain drill.

Police reports indicate the drill, which is valued at $30,000, likely was totaled when a thief wrecked the piece of machinery while trying to steal it at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Box Elder Sheriff's Chief Deputy Kevin Potter said a homeless man, Fortino Martinez, 38, was arrested for theft of a vehicle and aggravated assault.

Potter said the man reportedly drove off in a $160,000 tractor attached to the grain drill and attempted to drive over one of the Nelson family members as he ran after the thief.

But the tractor became stuck in the borrow pit as Martinez attempted to enter the highway, Potter said.

Family members surrounded the man and the tractor until police could arrive, Potter said.

The tractor was undamaged, police reports state.

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