Affidavit: Man steals street sweeper, fails to make clean getaway

Affidavit: Man steals street sweeper, fails to make clean getaway
Curtis Vanslyke (Source: Jasper County Jail)

JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Jasper County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested a 37-year-old man Monday after the man allegedly stole a street sweeper and tried to drive it back to his residence.

The man told the deputy that he did it because “his daughter was in a bind.”

Curtis Duwane Vanslyke, of Kirbyville, is still being held in the Jasper County Jail on a third-degree felony theft between $30,000 and $150,000 charge. His bond amount has been set at $35,000.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a Jasper County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to Cougar Country on Monday in reference to a theft. The caller told dispatch that Vanslyke had taken a street sweeper owned by Jasper County Precinct 3, driven it down Walton, and gotten it stuck, the affidavit stated.

Pictured is the street sweeper that was stolen in Jasper County. (Source: Jasper County Commissioner Willie Stark)
Pictured is the street sweeper that was stolen in Jasper County. (Source: Jasper County Commissioner Willie Stark) (Jasper County Commissioner Willie Stark)

When the JCSO deputy got to the area, he made contact with the 911 caller, who directed him to where she had last seen Vanslyke.

After the deputy went to the home in question, he spotted a man enter the residence. The JCSO deputy knocked on the front several times, but no one answered. He then went to the back of the residence, and he saw Vanslyke poke his head out of the back door, the affidavit stated.

At that point, the deputy asked Vanslyke to step out of the residence.

“While speaking with Curtis, he explained he needed to use the sweeper to get back to his residence because his daughter was in a bind,” the deputy wrote in the affidavit. “I told Curtis that he didn’t have permission to use the sweeper.”

The JCSO deputy arrested Vanslyke and put him in the back of his patrol unit.

When the deputy drove to where Vanslyke had allegedly gotten the street sweeper stuck, a man who works for Precinct 3 stopped by them, and the deputy asked if the man could drive the sweeper back to the front of Cougar Country, the affidavit stated. The man told the deputy that he needed the key to do so.

The deputy asked Vanslyke about the key, and he allegedly said he got scared when he saw the law enforcement officer and threw it in the laundry room of his home. After the JCSO deputy went back to Vanslyke’s home, he found the key, and the passerby drove the sweep sweeper back to the entrance of Cougar Country, the affidavit stated.

According to the affidavit, Vanslyke admitted to taking the sweeper without permission.

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