Three men were charged with felony damage to property Friday following their arrest at a pipeline worksite in Carlton County where Casper Construction equipment was vandalized early Wednesday morning.
Three individuals are facing prosecution in alleged connection with an estimated $25,000 in damage: Shawn Ray Entitty, 25, of Mentore, N.M.; Harvey Dale Goodsky Jr., 29, of McGregor; and Edgar Gerardo Morelos Pelayo, 28, of Pomona, Calif.
According to the criminal complaint, squads from the Carlton County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the scene at 3:43 a.m. after receiving a report from security guards of three individuals who were spotted by construction equipment on County Road 61 in Twin Lakes Township. The three reportedly fled into the woods when discovered.
Officers, following tracks in the snow, apprehended the suspects.
The complaint said Etitty was found to be carrying wire and a list of multiple pipeline job sites in Carlton County.
A large excavator had sand poured into its radiator and oil reservoir, and a glue-like material had been injected into the keyhole of its cab.
The dashboard of a tracked vehicle had been ripped out, and wires behind it were cut. Its oil reservoir also was damaged.
If convicted on the felony charges, Entitty, Goodsky and Morelos Pelayo could each face up to five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.