Teen facing charges after taking Bobcat for a spin at Colorado Springs construction site

A teen is suspected of going on a joy ride with a Bobcat in Colorado Springs.
Published: Aug. 7, 2023 at 6:05 AM MDT|Updated: Aug. 7, 2023 at 10:33 AM MDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A joyride in a construction vehicle ended less than joyfully for the teen involved.

Police say a kid decided to take a Bobcat on a spin Monday morning -- but their fun didn’t last long.

Officers responded to a Chipotle under construction off Tutt Boulevard and Vickie Lane at 3:15 Monday morning after a neighbor reported seeing a teen climbing into the Bobcat and moving it around. The kid was still there when officers got on scene, their bike propped up on a dumpster.

The underage operator reportedly told officers they weren’t trying to steal the equipment -- they just wanted to drive it around. No damage was found at the construction site, and officers don’t believe at this time that anyone else was involved.

Because of their age, the kid was released back to their parents. 11 News was told the mother was already on the way to collect their child’s bike.

The joyride earned the teen more than just a potential grounding -- police say they are facing motor vehicle theft charges.