The P2P cost like $50+ mill to build? Pretty sure the gondolas are worth a decent chunk of change. Lift equipment might not look that sophisticated but they're highly engineered and manufactured with extreme precision by very specialized companies. These things cost money, and the more custom the pricier.
The whole "criminal" aspect of this kinda sucks. Dude should have to pay for the damage, but probably didn't realize the effect it would have and was no doubt caught up in the moment. A criminal record and all that crap kinda just seems extreme when you look at how victimless it is other than the fact that some property belonging to a company worth many millions was damaged. People get away with way worse all the time... but it figures with the lack of justice system.
I live my life one storm at a time.