Deputies: Man Uses Tractor To Destroy Neighbor's Home, Property


A man has been arrested for allegedly using a tractor to destroy his neighbor's home and property after a fight over money.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says they were called to a home at 36630 Bellemont Road on Wednesday around 4:20 p.m. The homeowner, Ronald Morphis, told officials he came home to find his home and barn partially collapsed, a boat and 4 vehicles had been turned over and severely damaged, his fence destroyed and a trench dug across his driveway. The total damage is estimated at about $100,000.

Morphis told sheriff's deputies that he had gotten into a dispute over money with his neighbor, 63-year-old Jack Herbst.

Deputies say the tire tracks from a front-end loader-type of tractor leading from Morphis’ property to Herbst’s house.

Herbst was arrested and charged with one count of Felony Criminal Mischief and is being held at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on $10,000 bond.

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  • by Dax L. Location: Phila on Jul 20, 2011 at 07:41 PM
    See, this is why I don't trust a drunk. All that alcohol will sooner or later fries your brain cells & makes you do something as crazy is this. What good will the $80 bucks do him while he is roosting in HELL? (And of-course there wasn't any other options for he to try ro reclaim the money that was owned to him money, right?)
  • by Cross Location: Nebraska on Apr 4, 2011 at 08:15 PM
    This guy is not only as smart as he looks, but also the very problem that he thinks he's fighting against. If he was owed $80, then he should have stolen a bike and pawned it. Now he owes Mr. Morphis 100,000 dollars. How stupid is that? He should be in jail for a LOT more than criminal mischief. I hope he rots in prison.
  • by Ornery on Mar 11, 2011 at 03:09 PM
    Mr. Morphis should go to the jail and give the man the $80.00 he owed him to help him get out. After all, he's going to need his neighbors to help clean up the mess.
  • by JeannieAnn Location: Stetson Hills on Mar 10, 2011 at 09:46 PM
    According to the article in the Gazette, this guy was mad at his neighbor for a whopping 80 bucks. I guess this qualifies as loving money.
  • by Mr X Location: se spgs on Mar 10, 2011 at 09:15 PM
    had he come n my yard with an attitude like that he would be in the frreaking morgue by now,,DEAD!
  • by C* on Mar 10, 2011 at 08:49 PM
    I'm sorry the man's home and property was destroyed - and I hope he has some insurance to help out with the damage! IF he owed the man some money that he needed back - then he should have paid him back and this wouldn't have happened. A good lesson would be, Never loan money to anybody! Small claims courts are full of people trying to collect money they loaned! I never loan money to anybody. If I have it to give to them - then that's what I do. Loaning money is an excellent way to "destroy" relationships!
  • by Feel the Pain on Mar 10, 2011 at 07:10 PM
    Well least he didn't use a gun because the majority of people now days shoot anything that moves 2 and four legged.
  • by UNREAL Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 10, 2011 at 06:21 PM
    Money IS the root of all evil. Great plan! Now with all of the damage that has been done, he really won't be able to pay you back. Hope it was worth your freedom. This is another sign of the times. A lot of people are seriously hurting for money, but you sure don't collect like this.
  • by With KGM on Mar 10, 2011 at 06:00 PM
    I have to agree-all these people saying how awesome this was, yet a man's property has been destroyed. I haven't seen any proof that there was money owed, just that there was a dispute over money. If this guy had done all this and ended up injuring or killing someone in his rampage, would you all be talking baout how great this guy was for getting his own "justice"?
  • by Trina on Mar 10, 2011 at 05:52 PM
    No one has a right to this kind of damage and ruin somones home has been destroyed he has no place to live or the funds to fix his house, what is wrong with people, I know his grandkids are in tears that their grandpa's place is ruined
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