Police: Man Wearing Caltrans Vest Tried to Steal Antique Wagon from Cafe
A man was arrested in Sonora after police say he allegedly tried to steal an antique horse-drawn wagon from in front of a cafe.
The man, who has been identified as 35-year-old Daniel Parsons of San Lorenzo, was seen by an off-duty Tuolumne County Deputy hooking up a tractor to the antique wagon in front of Foothills Cafe on Stockton Road.
Parsons, who was wearing a Caltrans safety vest, told police he had permission from the owners to take the wagon. Parsons even had a hand-written note, indicating he could take the wagon.
However, when the owners of business were contacted, they denied giving Parsons permission to take the wagon.
The owners also said they had a recent issue with Pasons, who had purchased a business in the area.
The value of the wagon is estimated to be between $1,000 and $2,000.
Parsons was arrested without incident. He was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail and booked on charges of attempted grand theft.
Police say it should be noted that Parsons is not a Caltrans employee.