Wire crates are the easiest to get out of. Plus they give alot which encourages the dog to keep trying.
Switch crates before he learns to keep trying until he breaks free or he will just become a danger to himself when you try to crate him.
A plastic one will be your best option.
Do you crate him when you are home also. It sounds like he didn't get alot of crate training and the crate was suddenly pulled out once the home destruction started. You need to practice crating so he can learn how to calm down and relax in a crate in a variety of situations including when you are home. Only let him out when he is relaxed. If you only crate him when you leave you don't have the chance to teach him how to behave properly.