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BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - The Bryan County Sheriff's Office is looking for information to see who could have vandalized several pieces of tractor equipment on a plot of land off Fish Hatchery Road Saturday morning.

Durant Reserve Police Captain John Wyatt said he purchase the land about three weeks ago.

"We're actually building a lake out here on our private land," Wyatt said. "We're bringing our parents here to retire with my wife and I, it's going to be a nice place for our 13 grandchildren."

But on Saturday morning, his crew arrived to the site to see a piece of equipment in the pond, and several others damaged.

"We think they came out here, jumped on the equipment, and actually started ramming them onto each other," Wyatt said.

He said early Saturday morning an unknown number of people started up the heavy equipment and crashed them into one another, until a machine got stuck in the pond.

"Just having a little fun this way at others expense," Wyatt said, "And decided to drive out into this pond. They got locked up and killed the engine and swam out."

It was an act that left construction workers Trent Perry and Jimmy Clark frustrated, behind schedule, and forced to deal with the very expensive damage.

"Right now there's damage on three pieces of equipment and the pond," Wyatt said. "As an estimate, we would say this could easily be $100,000 dollars in damage."

Wyatt said they've gathered up a lot of evidence and are offering up a $1500 reward for anyone with information. Whoever's caught could face several felony charges.

"It's a sad day when these working men and women that put a lot of time and money into their livelihood, they have to stop work because somebody wants to vandalize their equipment," Wyatt said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bryan County Sheriff's Office.

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