HOLDENVILLE — A man here said crews pulled up to the driveway of a home he owns, cut out a slab containing T. Boone Pickens’ signature and drove off.
The roughly 3-by-5-foot concrete slab was taken to the Pickens ranch in the Texas Panhandle.
"I was in shock and started talking to my neighbors. I couldn’t imagine who would actually come and cut my driveway out or when it had happened,” David McCart said.
Pickens spokesman Jay Rosser said in a statement, "The small section of cement was removed recently when Boone was in town to inspect enhancements to a family plot at the Holdenville cemetery.”
McCart said he’s planning a lawsuit to get back the concrete signed by the billionaire oilman.
"Right now I’m pursuing criminal charges against T. Boone Pickens,” McCart said Monday. "It will be for theft and vandalism.”
Rosser, in his statement, said, "We are clearly open to any thoughts the McCarts might have regarding how to best commemorate his association there for their purposes.”
As a youngster, Pickens scratched his name in the cement driveway in 1946 at his grandmother’s house, now owned by McCart. Pickens has frequently checked on the house when he visited Oklahoma.
On June 22, McCart stopped by the unoccupied house so he could mow. He saw a hole where the signed concrete had been.
A neighbor and passersby said a large truck with Texas tags stopped at the two-story house four days earlier. Three men with cement saws and pry bars cut out a chunk of cement and loaded it into the truck bed, McCart said he was told.
McCart called police and filed a report, he said.