ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a Lufkin man accused of taking a $450,000 bulldozer without permission.
Kenneth Wayne Cassels Jr., 26, is charged with first-degree theft.
According to the sheriff’s office report, deputies were called to US 69 in the area of Zavalla around 8:35 p.m. Tuesday. A road construction supervisor said he saw a bulldozer going down the road during off-hours and confronted the driver. The driver, who was later identified as Cassels, told him he needed to borrow it to get his truck and trailer unstuck.
The report states Cassels then left the bulldozer and walked away.
Deputies were able to find Cassels in the area and reported his truck and trailer were stuck and he was there working on his truck, according to the report. The report states Cassels told deputies his truck and trailer had been stuck for three days and he was tired of it and decided to use the bulldozer.
Cassels had the bulldozer keys in his pocket, according to the report.
The construction supervisor said the bulldozer was a 2018 model and worth $450,000.
Deputies arrested Cassels at the scene. As of 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, his bond had not been set.