LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police detectives are investigating a case in which a man climbed a fence at the Head Start located on North Timberland Drive over the weekend and stole a blue Dodge Caravan minivan.
According to Sgt. David Casper with the Lufkin Police Department, a worker with a mowing service called 911 at approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday to report criminal mischief at the Head Start on North Timberland. When LPD officers arrived on the scene, they found that the business' front gate and fence had been damaged.
The mower service employee also told the officers that he thought Head Start was missing one of its minivans. He also told them he attempted to call Head Start's director, but no one would answer.
Further investigation at the scene turned up pieces of plastic and some glass which appeared to be from a vehicle. Based on the evidence at the scene, it looked as though someone had driven through the fence and headed north on Timberland Drive, Casper said.
About 30 minutes after the LPD officer took the initial report, the Lufkin Head Start director called the police department and said they were missing one of their minivans. After the officer went back to the business, he reviewed the surveillance video footage.
According to the police report, the camera facing Timberland Drive caught the suspect circling the business, looking for a place to climb over. In the video, the suspect climbs the fence by Quality Insulation and drops to the ground on the other side.
The suspect then runs toward the minivan and vanishes from view for a few minutes. In the video, the suspect backs the van up, rams it a few times, and stops. The suspect then runs outside the fence and back to the minivan before he makes one final push through the front gate.
Casper said the Head Start van was last seen heading north on Timberland Drive.