HOLDENVILLE - Billionaire T. Boone Pickens has claimed responsibility for removing a slab of driveway concrete with his signature on it. He plans to keep it at his Texas ranch, according to a statement just released. He wrote that he stopped by the Holdenville home that once belonged to his grandmother and thought it had become an eyesore. “I was sad, and felt a desire to protect what cherished memories I could, most notably the cement that I etched my name into the sidewalk as a youth. The crew leading the repairs at the cemetery offered to cut it out, and I authorized the removal. (The hole was immediately filled and repaired, not weeks later as has been suggested and reported). I knew it was city property and, in hindsight, regret that I did not work with the appropriate city officials to seek their permission,” according to the statement. Pickens offers to sign a fresh piece of concrete somewhere in Holdenville or just forget the whole thing. The concrete Pickens etched his name into in 1946 was on the driveway of the home now owned by David McCart. He has said the concrete was removed June 18 and he wants Pickens prosecuted. “I don’t feel a need to defend myself against his actions because what he had done is wrong,” McCart said. “This would not have mattered if it was an empty lot, he still had no right to take property that did not belong to him. “An investigation is underway to determine ownership rights to the property.” Holdenville Mayor Jack Barrett earlier said the city is investigating whether the concrete was on the city’s easement. If it was, he said, “I don’t believe we have any problem with it.” McCart’s wife, Saundra, said the house was falling down when they bought it and they’ve put $50,000 in repairs in it. She said any disrepair is due to vandalism. David McCart said they bought the property for its historical value 19 years ago. They made major repairs from foundation to roof over the next 12 years, he said. Once their parents’ health improves, they hope to refinish the home. “Now Mr. Pickens has chosen to take a piece of history away from the town and historical value of the home,” McCart said. “If his ties are so strong to Holdenville why did he feel a need to transplant his roots to Texas when he moved his boyhood home from next door?” For his birthday, Pickens’ wife bought his boyhood home next door to the McCart property and had it moved to their 68,000-acre ranch in the Texas Panhandle.