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SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man faces felony charges after police said he stole a skid loader in an attempt to free a stolen pickup stuck on railroad tracks Thursday.

After encountering a train blocking the 28th Street crossing between Lewis Boulevard and Floyd Boulevard at about 7:20 a.m. Thursday, Nicolas Shannon Penny, 36, drove the stolen pickup north about 50 yards along the tracks, according to police. After the last train cars passed by, he attempted to cross the tracks at a spot with no road, but the truck couldn't clear the tracks.

Penny then walked to the nearby Sooland Bobcat dealership at 3109 North Highway 75. Police said he entered a secured lot and used his own personal Bobcat key to start a Bobcat S750. He left the lot by driving through a fence. Damage to the fence was estimated at $1,500, according to Woodbury County court records.

He also damaged the hatch door of the Bobcat by lifting the arms/bucket while the door was open, causing $1,500 in estimated damage, according to court records.

Penny was arrested and charged with second-degree theft, third-degree burglary, fifth-degree theft and criminal mischief. He was being held in the county jail on $20,000 bond.

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