LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A stolen dump truck and ATM stolen Tuesday morning have been recovered near the Angelina College baseball field.
"Angelina College officials contacted us around 7:15 a.m. to say they found the dump truck and ATM behind the baseball field off College Drive," said Jessica Pebsworth, a spokeswoman for the Lufkin Police Department. "The suspect or suspects were able to break into the safe using a trackhoe from a nearby construction site. They made off with an undisclosed amount of cash."
The stolen ATM and dump truck were officially found early, Wednesday morning, but witnesses at the college remembered seeing the property the day before.
The Lufkin Police Department's crime scene unit was called to check for fingerprints. The owner of the dump truck, Mike Brown, was also notified.
"Whenever they didn't call me yesterday, I expected that it had been as far off as Houston or somewhere," Brown said. " I didn't think I would be able to get it back."
According to police, the ATM was broken into next to the field, using a track hoe from a construction site, only a few feet away.
"This crime is definitely unusual," Pebsworth said. "It is an attention getter. The ingenuity involved and how complicated and complex their plan was, all of these elements, that had to happen in just the right way. It's definitely different, not something we see every day."
Brown said he remembered some irregularities from the night the truck was stolen.
"Dogs were barking so I kind of put thought into whether there was somebody out there, or if they just need to be fed, when I got in, that night," Brown said. "I didn't pay it no mind. I'm not too sure if it happened then or later."
According to Lufkin police, the dump truck was stolen from Brown's Paving and a forklift was taken from a construction site on Hill Street. Both pieces of equipment were used to steal an ATM from the Regions Bank branch located on South John Redditt Drive.
The truck and ATM were reported found near the baseball field Wednesday morning.
"Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call us at (936) 633-0356 or Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS if they want to remain anonymous."