CRESTVIEW, Florida — A man outraged by a new liquor store being built, stole a forklift and completely trashed the construction site, later telling cops “his name was Alice Wonderland” and he was acting on orders from “a hookah-smoking caterpillar.”
Mathew Horace Jones, 32, allegedly caused $100,000 in damage to the liquor store being built on the grounds of the Walmart in Crestview, Florida, during this Saturday night rampage, police said.
Jones is accused of breaking into the site and swiping an extendable forklift parked there and using it to completely destroy the project. Police said they received multiple 911 calls, some of which described Jones “throwing cinder blocks off the scaffolding.”
When cops arrived, they say Jones aimed the forklift at them and only stopped after they drew their guns. They say Jones told them “his name was Alice Wonderland and he was told to commit the offenses by a hookah-smoking caterpillar.”
He later admitted who he was and told cops he did because Walmart was “building a place to sell alcohol and he had a problem with it.”
The building’s contractor told cops that Jones left in his wake $40,000 in scaffold damage, $15,000 in smashed blocks and mortar, a trashed $15,00 forklift and $7,500 mixer. Police say Jones also destroyed a fire hydrant and water meter.
The contractor estimated it would cost $60,000 in labor costs to clean up the site and rebuild what was destroyed.
Jones, who was on probation for robbery, was charged with felony grand theft, use of a motor vehicle to damage property, criminal mischief; and violation of felony probation. He was held without bail.