The man had swiped the vehicle from a privately-run motorsport training ground nearby, driven it through a forest and into Apatity, a small town just south of the Arctic circle, local news agency Hibinform said.
Struggling to turn around in a narrow street, the man, whom witnesses described as being drunk, proceeded to slam the tank into the window of the “Family” convenience store, the news agency said.
He also crushed a Daewoo car parked nearby, images showed.
Footage shared on social media showed the man subsequently exiting the vehicle through its hatch, briefly inspecting the damage, and entering the shop through the broken window.
He was later arrested in possession of a stolen bottle of wine, Hibinform said. The shop was not licensed to sell alcohol that early in the morning.
Witnesses visible in the footage did not seemed particularly disturbed by the incident.
“Basically some guy stole an armored vehicle… and went into a shop to top up his stocks in the morning,” the social media user described, whilst filming the snow-covered scene out of his window.
The man, in his late twenties, did not resist arrest, RIA news agency reported.