LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man is behind bars after police say he left work in the company vehicle and never returned.
33 year-old Michael Duke is in the Angelina County Jail on $3,000 bond for unauthorized use of a vehicle and a warrant on a previous assault charge.
According to Lt. Mike Shurley, an owner of a mowing company contacted police when one of his workers did not return to work.
"The owner told police he made it clear to Duke that he could not use the vehicle when not at work," Shurley said. "The owner of the company said Duke told him he had to go mow a yard and would meet him at 1:30 p.m., but Duke never showed."
Shurley said it was then, that he and his wife started looking for Duke.
"Right before 9 p.m., they found Duke's work truck parked outside of a crack house near the civic center," Shurley said. "That's when the owners called police and followed Duke as he left the location. They followed Duke until he stopped in the 300 block of S. Timberland Dr."
Shurley said that is also when police arrived.
Duke told police that he pawned a weed eater and two leaf blowers that belonged to the company.
"The owner could not tell if anything else was missing," Shurley said. "The owner is going to have to do an inventory to see if something else is missing."
Shurley said right now, Duke has not been charged with theft, but could once the investigation is complete.