Pontotoc Co. Sheriff's Dept. investigating pipeline vandalism

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PONTOTOC COUNTY, OK -- Another pipeline is causing quite a stir, but it's not the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The pipeline runs through Pontotoc County, near Fittstown, and when crews went to work Thursday morning, they realized their equipment was not where they left it.

"They took track hoes and tore up trees, and drove two of the track hoes into the pond and one of the bulldozers off," said Pontotoc County Sheriff, John Christian. "They took the other track hoe and dug a hole in the pond and drained some of the water."

Christian says this is the 4th time in the last month that the site has been vandalized. He says most of the damage was done to the machinery, and whoever is responsible knows how to work the equipment.

"The amount of damage is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to this equipment because they were driven out into the pond when it still had water. You know they'll have significant damage to them," Christian said.

Christian says the persons responsible will face multiple charges and be held responsible for the damage done. He says he doesn't believe this was done by protesters, and Fittstown resident, Mike Williams, agrees.

"More or less, I believe it's juvenile vandalism," Williams said. "I don't know any of the land owners or anyone who is protesting or saying bad things about the pipeline."

Christian says security around the site will increase and Progressive Pipeline is offering a $5000 reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible.

He says if you have any information, contact the Sheriff's Department.

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