How Did Tank Rampager Fly Under Radar in Colo.?


How does someone in a town of 1,500 turn a 60-ton earth mover into a 75-ton tank and plan an anti-establishment rampage without ever raising suspicion? Marvin Heemeyer’s contempt for local officials was well-known to friends and foes, but he managed to keep his tank a secret.

On Friday, Heemeyer secured himself in a fortified bulldozer and ripped through downtown Granby, Col., as he apparently targeted businesses that were run or owned by people who had made him angry. His tirade ended only after the bulldozer destroyed a local store and could go no farther. Authorities said Heemeyer then shot himself in the head.


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