Tracks of stolen bulldozer lead to thief's house

HARRISON COUNTY, TX

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 5:39pm

The tracks of a stolen bulldozer led directly to the thief's house in Harrison County.

Harrison County Sheriff's officials tell KMSS, the bulldozer was stolen from a wildlife refuge land holding during the early morning hours on Wednesday.

Officials followed the tracks from where the bulldozer had been parked on the refuge, to a home nearby on FM 2198 in Karnack, TX.

After questioning the people at the house, a 25-year-old man, Antone Czajkowski, told officers that he had "borrowed" the bulldozer to do some work on his dad's property.

The bulldozer had been taken from the refuge through a gate, and the tracks led directly to his house.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer Jason Roesner said, "Sometimes, you really can just follow the tracks".

The day before the bulldozer theft, on June 19th, Harrison County officials had been called to the same Refuge for a report of stolen metal on a portion of the property controlled by the U.S. Army.

Officers determined that the metal had been sold in Marshall, TX by an acquantance of Czajkowski that same day. Video evidence has been recovered, and warrants will be issued for the suspects in that theft.

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