AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Department of Public Safety office on North Lamar Boulevard will remain closed as the department works on cleaning the damage done by a vandal earlier this week.
DPS said they arrested Kenneth James Vanlue, 40, on charges of criminal mischief and burglary of a building.
According to an arrest affidavit, Vanlue used a brake drum to break the glass on the front doors. Once inside, Vanlue allegedly used feces to write "surcharge" on the wall. He also did extensive damage to computers and other equipment.
Authorities said he not only vandalized the building, but he also vandalized two Texas DPS vehicles in the parking lot. The vehicles were found with broken windows and damaged to the hood and trunk.
Officials said there is no evidence that sensitive information was compromised.
While Troopers were there investigating the break-in, Vanlue actually approached them and admitted to the crime. The Troopers said Vanlue was wearing a shirt and a raincoat that had TXDPS logos, but he was not a DPS employee.
Vanlue is still in the Travis County Jail, his bond is set at $40,000.
The North Lamar location handles drivers license and identification cards. A DPS official said the employees at this site are currently working at other drivers license offices in the area.
Customers are urged to go to the Pflugerville Mega Center at 216 E. Wells Branch Parkway in Pflugerville is available as well as other DPS locations.
Need directions? From Interstate 35, take Exit 247, marked "Pflugerville/FM 1825," then head east on Wells Branch Parkway. Entrance to the facility will be on the left, just past Heatherwilde Boulevard.
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