Police looking for man who crashed front-end loader into Adelaide pub

| 04.03,19. 10:42 AM |

Police looking for man who crashed front-end loader into Adelaide pub

Photo: The front-end loader was found nearby on Leeds Avenue. (ABC Radio Adelaide: Spence Denny)

Police are looking for a man who crashed a stolen front-end loader into a pub in Adelaide early this morning.

Police said the man crashed the vehicle into the Valley Inn Hotel on Grand Junction Road, Hope Valley, at about 5:00am, causing extensive damage to an office and smokers' area next to the gaming room at the back of the building.

He then drove through the back fence of the property and dumped the vehicle about 200 metres south on Leeds Avenue.

Witnesses saw the man leave the truck on foot, heading towards Valley Road.

No-one was injured in the incident, and crime scene investigators are on the scene.

The hotel is closed until further notice.

"Police are just asking anyone with information who may have seen information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000," Senior Constable Peta Scholz said.

It is believed the front-end loader was hot-wired and taken from a construction site on Hancock Road about 2 kilometres away.

Man held up Exeter Hotel with baseball bat and knife

Separately, police are also investigating a hold-up at the Exeter Hotel overnight.

Police said a man armed with a knife and a baseball bat and wearing a skull mask threatened staff in the gaming room of the Semaphore Road pub just before midnight.

He stole cash and the contents of a staff member's purse before leaving through a rear door.

One of the staff members was hit with the bat during the robbery and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

The suspect is described as about 190 centimetres tall, with a slim build, wearing full length white overalls, dark shoes and a skull mask.

Police searched the area with the assistance of a police dog, which lost the scent in Young Street.


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