HPD: Disgruntled employee drives bulldozer into boss' office

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by Larry Seward / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on August 29, 2012 at 2:40 PM

HOUSTON—There was not much left inside a northeast Houston auction house. Phones were down, fixtures were hanging, and insulation and debris were strewn everywhere. At the center of it all was a bulldozer left at the scene by a disgruntled employee, according to Houston police.

Police said Lynn Benson, 52, crashed a bulldozer into the Ritchie Bros auction house in the 15500 block of the Eastex Freeway Monday evening.

Police said he waited for the business to close, grabbed the keys to his bulldozer then drove the vehicle through his boss’ front office. Benson’s actions left staff members puzzled.

“What caused his back to break? What caused that snap to go? We know he was under some pressure,” said Frank Wilson, VP Operations. “Obviously, I don’t know enough about it. There’s an ongoing investigation.”

Benson worked on the lot as an inspector. He audited everything sold at the business and had a very long work shift the day before, but no one could imagine he would snap. His managers said they are very concerned and want to help.

“We’re an auction company, we sell service. All we have is service. We pride ourselves on having great people and we need to help this person and his family,” Wilson said.

Benson was charged with felony criminal mischief. His bond was set at $50,000.

Ritchie Bros has been in service for 54 years. They are the world’s largest heavy equipment and truck auctioneer.

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