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08/29/2016 – Midnight Shopper

All stores hope their merchandise flies off the shelves but none want it to happen after closing.  Crime Stoppers has video of a burglar smashing their way into Target in Lufkin and stealing nearly two dozen high-end electronic devices.  Crime Stoppers also has reward money available to encourage someone to provide an anonymous, case-solving tip.

The burglar appeared on Target’s security video at midnight August 22.  Their head and face was shielded by the hood of their jacket and we can’t tell if they are male or female, so we’ll call them the criminal for now.  

The criminal went to a loading dock door and watched for employees.  When they were sure the store was unoccupied, they smashed the glass of a front door and ran to the electronics selection.  The criminal was inside the store for only one minute but managed to steal an estimated $7,500 worth of iPads (Mini and Pro), iPods (Touch and Nano), Apple Watches, and Apple TVs.

The video of the burglary included here also is posted at www.facebook.com/DETCS.  The criminal’s face is not visible on video but someone will be able to identify them because they likely bragged about the crime and tried to sell the devices.  The hooded jacket might be purple and white but the video quality is poor and the criminal moves too quickly to be certain what they were wearing.

If you can identify the criminal, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This” button below, or use the P3 Tips app available through iTunes and Google Play.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



08/25/2016 – ATTEMPTED CAPITAL MURDER

A society cannot survive if its citizens allow those appointed to protect it and enforce its laws to be attacked with impunity.  Crime Stoppers knows that we don’t live in such a society so we are ready with reward funds to help in the identification and apprehension of the criminal who attempted to murder a Corrigan Police Officer.

The attempted murder occurred shortly after 3:00 AM Tuesday, August 23, when a Corrigan PD officer stopped a Dark-colored Jeep Cherokee on Highway 287.  The vehicle had been traveling eastbound on US 287, headed toward Highway 59.  The driver, an unidentified black man shown here in images taken from the officer’s in-car camera, exited the Jeep and fired a handgun at the officer.  The officer was not injured by the would-be murder’s attack and his return fire sent the man back to the Jeep.  The man turned the Jeep around and attempted to run down the officer.

It is not known if the man was shot or if the Jeep, which was displaying a temporary/buyers license plate and missing the rear bumper cover, was damaged.  The Jeep was last seen on Highway 287 traveling westbound toward Groveton/Trinity County.

Investigators described the shooter as a black male who stands between 5’07” and 5’09” tall.  At the time of the shooting, he had a beard and mustache and wore a construction-type safety vest, dark blue coveralls, and rubber boots; his pant legs were tucked into the rubber boots.  He was armed with and discharged a handgun. The suspect may be wounded and notifications to law enforcement warn that he should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you can identify the shooter, know the location of the vehicle, or can provide any information concerning this attempted murder of a peace officer, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This” button below, or download the P3 Tips app from iTunes or Google Play.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but ONLY FOR ANONYMOUS TIPS SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO CRIME STOPPERS AND THAT CONCERN INFORMATION NOT PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED TO OR KNOWN BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.  Funds for Crime Stoppers rewards come from fees paid by convicted criminals.



08/18/2016 – Hot Wheels

Groveton Police Department is investigating an alleged arson incident that destroyed two vehicles.  The fire occurred at approximately 2:00 AM August 5 in the parking area of an apartment complex located at 479 South Devine Street in Groveton.

If you can provide any information concerning this arson or identify the person, or persons, responsible for starting the fire, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This” button below, or download the P3 Tips app from iTunes or Google Play.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.  Funds for Crime Stoppers rewards come from fees paid by convicted criminals.



08/15/2016 – Heavy Equipment Thefts

Angelina County Sheriff’s Office Investigators are investigating the thefts of construction equipment.

June 12, a Caterpillar mini excavator was stolen from Highway 103 West, approximately nine miles outside of Lufkin.

July 18, a John Deere dozer was reported stolen from the side of Highway 69 South, just south of the Huntington city limits sign.  When stolen, the 1998 John Deere 450G crawler dozer was yellow and black and marked with serial number T450GF849927.

The images included here are of the same makes and models as the stolen equipment but are not of the actual stolen dozer or excavator.

U.S. Forest Service personnel recovered the Caterpillar mini excavator; it had been abandoned in Houston County.  An arrest was not made at the time of recovery and the investigation remains open.  The investigators do not know whether the thefts are connected, or not, and they are seeking any information concerning the crimes.  If you saw someone or a vehicle around the equipment, submit an anonymous tip; the smallest detail might be what helps solve these crimes.

If you can identify the person, or persons, responsible for these crimes or know the location of the stolen dozer, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This” button below, or download the P3 Tips app from iTunes or Google Play.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest or the recovery of the stolen equipment may be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



08/08/2016 – Gun Grab

Crime Stoppers has profiled some surprising cases but this one might top them all.

Independence Day, while most of us were enjoying time with family and friends and watching fireworks displays, a vehicle burglar struck at Lufkin Police Department.  Video from downtown shows an unidentified black male suspect hanging around the Lufkin Municipal Court building at 10:20 PM and a few minutes later walking to the parking lot behind the Police Department.

A police officer’s personal vehicle was in that parking lot and guns and money were stolen from it.  The burglar took some coins and two pistols, a Colt Detective Special (.38) revolver and a Glock model 32 (.357 SIG) semi-auto.

The suspect’s face is not visible on video but his profile is and that might be enough for someone to identify him, particularly if he’s shown anyone the guns or bragged about his crime.  He appears to be tall and thin and his hair was short.  He was wearing a white t-shirt, blue pants, and light-colored tennis shoes.

If you can identify the person responsible for this crime or know the location of the stolen guns, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This” button below, or download the P3 Tips app.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



08/03/2016 – Church Chump

Crime Stoppers wants to identify the thief who stole computers from two Lufkin area churches.

Mid-day Monday, August 01, a bearded white man entered Clawson Assembly of God Church and Denman Avenue Baptist Church and took computers.  As if to prove his brazenness, the churches were occupied at the time and the computers were stolen from offices.  

From Denman Avenue Baptist Church, he took a Toshiba laptop and an Apple iMac desktop.  At Clawson Assembly of God, he was driving a silver or gray Chevrolet Impala (2006-2013 body style), with a broken passenger side mirror.

If you can identify the man in these images, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



08/01/2016 – Twisted Thief

Crime Stoppers knows that all crimes, even those considered “minor”, are detrimental to everyone’s quality of life.  So, when investigators are unable to identify a suspect in a misdemeanor crime, Crime Stoppers is ready with a reward offer.

The case investigators need help with this week occurred June 25 at Boot Barn in Lufkin and involves a man exchanging his tennis shoes for a pair of boots and walking out of the store without paying.

The thief is a white male with short, gray hair and tattoos covering his right forearm.  He took a pair of brown and green, size 13 Twisted X brand boots; the boot shafts are green with stitched crosses.  The shoes he wore to the store, and left behind, are gray Nike tennis shoes.

The cost of the boots makes this theft punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine up to $2,000.  If, however, the thief has prior theft convictions, the offense could be punished as a state jail felony offense with up to two years in a state jail facility and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

If you can identify the person responsible for this crime, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



07/25/2016 – VANdalism

Over the weekend of July 15, someone vandalized a Toyota Matrix belonging to Cross Medical on Ellis Avenue in Lufkin.

When employees returned to work Monday, they found that someone had crushed the car’s hood and roof.  It is clear from shoeprints on the car that the vandal jumped on the hood and roof.  The prints have diamond patterns across the toe, heal, and mid-sole areas, and hexagonal patterns across the ball of the foot.  The pattern appears to be from Vans brand shoes.

The police report of the incident estimates the repair cost to be $5,000.  

The offense of Criminal Mischief involves intentionally or knowingly damaging, tampering with, or marking (e.g., graffiti).  Depending on the details of the incident, acts of Criminal Mischief may be punished by fines of up to $10,000 and prison sentences of up to 99 years.  Base on the estimated damage, this case is a state jail felony offense; a conviction means confinement in a state jail for a term of 180 days to two years, and possibly a fine.

If you can identify the person responsible for this crime, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



07/21/2016 – WANTED: Loreeka Shermane Dodd

Lufkin Police Department Officers are looking for Loreeka Shermane Dodd.  As of July 21, 2016, Dodd is wanted on a felony warrant and Crime Stoppers wants to pay for information that leads to her arrest.

Loreeka Shermane Dodd, a 40-year-old black female who stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds, is wanted on first degree felony warrant for the offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.  

Dodd has a large tattoo on the right side of her neck and another on her left chest.  At the time of her last arrest in Angelina County, she had several facial piercings, including studs through the right side of her lower lip, near her right ear, and near her left eye.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest.  NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.

If you know the current location of Loreeka Shermane Dodd, submit a tip by calling Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or clicking the Tip button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.  Calls directly to a law enforcement agency are not guaranteed anonymity or eligible for a Crime Stoppers reward.



07/19/2016 - WANTED: Rebecca Suzanne Waring

Angelina County Adult Probation Officers are looking for probation absconder Rebecca Suzanne Waring.  As of July 19, 2016, Waring is wanted on a felony warrant and Crime Stoppers wants to pay for information that leads to her arrest.

Rebecca Suzanne Waring, a 33-year-old white female who stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 145 pounds, is wanted on a felony probation warrant related to her arrest and conviction for possessing a controlled substance.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest.  NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.

If you know the current location of any probation absconder, submit a tip by calling Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or clicking the Tip button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.  Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



07/18/2016 – Big Dog Thieves

Over the night of July 06, unidentified suspects burglarized Jarvis Farm Equipment on South Medford Drive in Lufkin.  The suspects used bolt cutters to cut a section of chain link fence to gain access to the area used to store riding lawnmowers and drove two Big Dog brand mowers through the hole they created in the fence.

One of the stolen mowers is a Stout 54” (model 933788), similar to the one shown here, and the other mower is a Diablo 60” (model 933218).  Both are painted red with black accents and their combined suggested retail price is nearly $20,000.  

The mowers’ tracks ended in a sandy area on a power high line at the southeast corner of Lufkin High School’s property.  The investigating officer recovered bolt cutters that might create a positive link between the burglars and this crime but an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers could point the investigator at the correct suspects and earn the tipster a cash reward.

If you can identify the burglars responsible for this crime, or provide the location of the stolen mowers, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.  Funds for Crime Stoppers rewards come from fees paid by convicted criminals.



UPDATED 07/12/2016 – Criminal Mischief - CASE SOLVED

THE SUSPECT IN THIS CASE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED.  CHARGES HAVE NOT YET BEEN FILED SO THE SUSPECT'S NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.  MULTIPLE ANONYMOUS TIPS CORRECTLY IDENTIFIED THE SUSPECT AND, ONCE AN ARREST HAS BEEN MADE, THE CRIME STOPPERS BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL VOTE ON REWARDING THE FIRST, MOST ACCURATE TIP RECEIVED.
IF YOU SUBMITTED A TIP IDENTIFYING THE SUSPECT IN THIS CRIME, CLICK THE TIP FOLLOW UP BUTTON TO CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR TIP AND YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR A REWARD.  ALTHOUGH MULTIPLE TIPS PROVIDED INFORMATION CONCERNING THE CASE, A REWARD CAN ONLY BE PAID TO THE FIRST, MOST ACCURATE TIP.

All crimes have an impact on the community but some are far less serious than others.  This week, Crime Stoppers is hoping to identify a suspect in one of those less serious crimes.

Around 4:00 AM June 05, a man, who likely was intoxicated, caused quite a bit of damage to a Lufkin gas station.

Video from the station shows the suspect arriving in a Ford truck at 3:30 AM and attempting to get service at the unoccupied payment kiosk.  He gave up after ten minutes and tried to force his way into the structure, prying and kicking at the metal siding.  When that failed, he switched to attacking the fuel pumps, signs, and trashcans.

An hour, and several falls, later, the suspect had made a mess and his female passenger decided she would try her luck at the still closed kiosk.  When she discovered the cash left behind by the suspect, she pocketed it and returned to the truck.  Now in the driver’s seat, the woman locked the man out of the truck and drove away.  The video ends as the truck leaves the gas station with the suspect clinging to the tailgate.

Some will see the video, a condensed and extended version are included, as comical but crimes were committed and, given the apparent intoxication level of the persons involved, someone could have been injured.

Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.  Funds for Crime Stoppers rewards come from fees paid by convicted criminals.



06/27/2016 – Criminals with Keys

The first week of June, two women managed to steal nearly $8,000 from cash registers in Walmart and Crime Stoppers wants to reward an anonymous tipster for identifying the thieves.

The women left the store before their crime was discovered but it was caught on camera, and portions of the video are included here.  The video angles and resolution prevent clearly seeing how they defeated the locks and opened the cash drawers but they likely had keys.

The thieves used clothing from the store to shield their actions as they stole the higher denomination bills, $20s, $50s, and $100s, from eight registers.

They used hats to keep their faces hidden from the cameras but they provided enough clues for someone to identify them.  The first thief, the one who opened the cash registers, is a black female wearing white shoes, white capris, and a white, short-sleeve shirt with shoulder cutouts.  She wore eyeglasses and pulled her hair into a ponytail through the back of a pink cap with embellishments to its front and bill.  The second thief, also a black female, was much heavier than the first.  She wore flip flops, knee-length shorts, a yellow, collared, short-sleeve shirt, and a cap embellished with a cross on the front and what might be rhinestones covering the bill.

If you can identify either thief, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below. Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



UPDATED 06/22/2016 – Lucky’s Robbery

The identity of the man who robbed Lucky’s convenience store remains unknown.  

Investigators are looking into a hit and run crash that occurred at Pioneer Crossing Apartment’s the same night as the robbery.  The crash and robbery might not be connected but evidence collected at the crash scene indicates that the suspect vehicle in the crash is a white, 2007 to 2009 year model Ford Mustang.  The crash would have left the Mustang with damage to the right (passenger side) front light assembly and possibly damage to the hood and bumper.

The robbery occurred just before 2:00 AM Sunday, June 12, at 1707 North John Redditt Drive in Lufkin, which is next to the apartment complex, and cameras at the store captured video of the masked, gun-toting robber.

The man came to the store on foot from the area of Pioneer Crossing Apartments.  

For several minutes he waited beside the building, hiding each time vehicle passed by on the Loop.  Although his face was hidden by a mask, he uncovered it for a brief moment before entering the store.  The image of him unmasked is blurry but someone will recognize him.

He entered the store with a pistol in his hand, threatened the clerk and customers, and demanded money from the cash register.  

The clerk complied with his demands but the man was agitated and impatient.  So much so that he shoved a lottery ticket display into the clerk, causing the display to hit her face and knock over the cash register display.

The robber got a small amount of money and fled the store, headed back toward the apartment complex. He was inside the store for only 60 second but the video will be around until someone identifies him.  If the robber’s identity comes through an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers, it might be eligible for a reward.

If you can solve robbery or identify the driver in the hit and run crash, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below to submit a tip. Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



06/20/2016 – Credit Card Fraud

Crime Stoppers is trying to identify two men who used a stolen credit card to purchase fuel.

The victim last used the credit card the second week of March and did not realize it was missing until their billing statement arrived weeks later.  The statement listed fraudulent transactions at five locations around Lufkin.  The victim reported the fraud and the investigating detective obtained video of suspects at a gas station.  Cameras at the station’s pumps and pay window captured two men using the stolen card during the early morning hours of March 22.

The men were driving a 2000-2005 year model Mercury Sable.  The license plate is not readable but the video shows that the car is gold in color and does not have tinted windows.

The passenger swiped the victim’s credit card at the pay window and pumped fuel into the Sable. He was wearing a dark colored, long-sleeve shirt, light colored shorts, black socks, and slide-style sandals but his most distinguishing feature was a spiked dreadlock hairstyle.  The other suspect is only visible for a moment, when he exited the car, said something to the passenger, and checked the left tail lamp before returning to the driver’s seat.  He was wearing a long sleeve shirt and oversize shorts, both appear to be denim, a black hat, and red shoes.

If you can identify either of these suspects, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below. Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



UPDATED 07/20/2016 – SOLVED Smash and Grab Burglaries

Investigators have identified the actors in this case. At the time of this update, Crime Stoppers did not have confirmation of the suspects' identities.

ORIGINAL POST 06/06/2016:

At approximately 4:40 AM June 02, two masked burglars smashed their way into the Trinity Diamond Mart on South Robb Street in Trinity.

Security cameras captured images of a maroon, extended-cab Toyota Tundra stopping in front of the convenience store.  Two suspects exited the passenger side of the truck, broke the glass of the entry door, and entered the store. The suspects initially went to the ATM but then turned their attention to the cash register.  While one suspect took the cash drawer from the cash register, the other grabbed packs of cigarettes.  They then returned to the truck and the vehicle left headed south toward Huntsville.

Similar burglaries occurred in Huntsville approximately 30 minutes later.

In Huntsville; a maroon, extended-cab Toyota Tundra, occupied by three unidentified persons, stopped in front of a convenience store on Sycamore Avenue, two suspects exited the passenger side of the vehicle, smashed their way through the glass door, and attempted to take the cash register. They fled once they saw that the register was empty but not before one suspect stole packs of cigarettes. The vehicle left the store traveling southbound on Sycamore Avenue.

Approximately 30 minutes after the Sycamore Avenue burglary, the same suspects broke the doors to Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant and took the cash drawer out of the register.

At the time of the burglaries, the truck had a non-functioning fog/driving lamp and a silver toolbox in its bed.

This case has been solved but Crime Stoppers may pay a reward for information that leads to the arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender. If you can provide information about a felony crime or a wanted felon in the Deep East Texas Area, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click one of the tip links on this page to submit a tip. Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and may be eligible for a reward if the information provided leads to an arrest or indictment of a felony offender.



06/06/2016 – Anonymous App

Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers has an app for anonymously submitting crime-solving tips from your iOS and Android device.

The P3 Tips app by Anderson Software is available, for free, from iTunes or Google Play.  Once installed, you’ll set your location; choosing Angelina, Houston, or Trinity County, or a city within those counties, will bring you to Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers.

To submit an anonymous tip, select an offense type and then add any information you have.  Investigators need as much detail as possible.  Describe the crime, name the suspect, and answer as many questions as possible. The app even lets you send photos and videos.

Once received and reviewed, Crime Stoppers will respond to you through the app and deliver the information to law enforcement for investigation.  The process is anonymous, so Crime Stoppers and law enforcement will never know who you are, but you’ll be able to send and receive messages about the crime and possible reward

The app will provide you a tip number and password for use when updating the tip or collecting a reward.

You can add information to your tip any time and Crime Stoppers can pass along questions from investigators.  

The app is passcode protected to prevent prying eyes from seeing your tip and possible reward.  At any time, you can submit new tips, review and update an existing tip, or check the status of a tip or reward.

Crime Stoppers tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers Tipsters must remain anonymous to be eligible for a reward, so never share your app password or identify yourself in a tip.  Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for anonymous, crime-solving tips received through the telephone tipline, (936) 639-TIPS, Crime Stoppers’ website, www.639TIPS.com, and the P3 Tips app.

Links to the app can be found near the top of this page.



05/30/2016 – San Augustine County Murder, 2014

San Augustine County Sheriff’s Office has not given up on the two-year-old murder of 62-year-old Kavy Neil Sowell, and neither has Crime Stoppers.

March 17, 2014, San Augustine County emergency responders fought a house fire on County Road 3200.  Inside the home they found the body of the resident, 62-year-old Kavy Neil Sowell.  An autopsy revealed that before the fire was set Sowell suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the back of his head.

Investigators from the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office worked together during the investigation but the case remains open.  The investigators received information concerning trouble Sowell was having with specific people but none of the information received positively linked a suspect to the crime.

A camera captured low resolution video of a person outside Sowell’s residence minutes before the fire.  The video shows a person walking toward Sowell’s residence and, ten minutes later, walking back toward the roadway.  The investigators do not know if or how the person was involved in the murder or arson but being so near the crime just before it occurred makes them a person of interest.

If you can identify the person in the video, or provide information concerning the murder or arson, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Calls and tips made directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



05/25/2016 – Stolen Golf Cart

Groveton Police Department is trying to identify the person(s) who stole a golf cart.

Around 5:00 PM May 24, the golf cart’s owner realized it was stolen from their Groveton residence and they remembered hearing a neighbor’s dog barking in an unusual manner around 12:00 AM that morning.  They believe the dog’s barking was in response to the thief (or thieves) taking the golf cart.

Groveton PD Corporal Sandifer recovered the golf cart within hours of receiving the theft report.  The cart was recovered from a private lane off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, just outside Groveton’s city limits.  As the included photos show, the cart was overturned and had a rope tied to its front axle.  It appears that the golf cart was being towed.

If you can identify the thief, or thieves, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Calls and tips made directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



05/23/2016 – Bus Barn Burglars

Zavalla ISD Police Department is seeking help identifying two criminals who burglarized Zavalla ISD Bus Barn on Colwell Street.

The burglars struck around 1:30 the morning of May 12.  A camera at the high school captured the crime but it was dark outside and the camera was a good distance away from the Barn, so the burglars’ identities are not easily determined from the video.  Portions of the video are included here and posted at www.facebook.com/DETCS.

The burglars were at the bus barn for nearly 30 minutes, hiding each time a vehicle passed by on Colwell Street or Main Street.  They entered a truck but it’s not known what they took.  They used a metal bar to pry at the door to the shop/office area.  Although the door was damaged, the building was not entered.  The burglars approached the Barn walking from Colwell Street and they left walking back that way; the video does not show them operating a vehicle.

Even though their faces are not seen in the video, someone reading this article or watching the video will be able to solve the crime.  Someone might recognize the way the burglars walk or act, the burglars might have told someone what they did, or someone will remember two criminally-minded people wandering around Zavalla the morning this happened.  Whichever way the criminals get identified, Crime Stoppers will be ready with reward money for the right anonymous tip.

If you can identify either of the criminals, or provide information concerning a similar burglary, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or or click the “Solve This” button below.  Calls and tips made directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.



05/16/2016 – Quantum Credit Card

Credit card fraud crimes have become so common that we hardly pay attention.  That’s unfortunate because these crimes impact all over lives through higher prices, higher fees, and increasingly inconvenient security measures.  Fortunately, video often is available when a credit card is fraudulently used in a physical store and that increases the likelihood of identifying the criminal.

This week’s Crime of the Week video is part of a unique credit card fraud case.  

The highlights of the case are the same as most; the victim’s card issuer saw unusual transactions and contacted the victim, the victim denied making the charges, and the victim reported the crime to the police department.  Simple, right?  Well, that’s where the case makes a slight turn.

The victim lives in Brenham but the fraudulent transactions occurred in Lufkin while the victim was in Freeport and in possession of the credit card.  That’s commonplace for online purchases but not what investigators typically see at brick and mortar businesses.

To determine whether quantum mechanics or fraud are responsible for the credit card being in two places at once, the investigator needs to identify the suspect; and for that he needs your help.

According to the investigator, the purchases were made by a white, possible Hispanic or Asian, male wearing a black and gray jacket, red and black polo, blue jeans, and a black baseball cap with a yellow letter R on its front.  The store’s video of the suspect is low resolution but portions of it are included here and posted at www.facebook.com/DETCS.

If you can identify the suspect, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or or click the “Solve This” button below.  Calls and tips made directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.



05/10/2016 - Increased Reward Offer: Eve The Longhorn

With the help of two donors, Crime Stoppers is able to increase the reward offer in the animal cruelty incident involving Eve the Longhorn.

Eve, a registered and prizing-winning Texas Longhorn and beloved family pet, died in early March at Southern Stables in Lufkin after the tendons of both of her hind legs were severed.  Her veterinarian determined that the injuries were caused by a single blow with an object similar to a machete.  Eve’s injuries could not be repaired and would not heal; she was left immobile and defenseless, and her owners made the decision to allow her veterinarian to end her life.  Eve had recently been bred so both mother and baby were lost.  Before a taxidermist could preserve Eve’s remains, someone removed and stole her head and horns.

When the crime was reported, Crime Stoppers offered a reward of up to $1,000 for an anonymous tip that helped solve the act of cruelty and put the offender(s) in jail but the case remained unsolved.  With a $100 donation from Texas Longhorn Soap Company and a $1,000 donation from Ark-La-Tex Texas Longhorn Breeders Association, Crime Stoppers is able to increase the reward offer to up to $2,100.

If you can identify the person(s) responsible for the initial crime of animal cruelty or the person(s) responsible for the theft of Eve’s head and horns, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below. Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the first, most accurate anonymous tip that is received on or before May 31, 2016, and that leads to an arrest related to this act of animal cruelty may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,100.

Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.  The increased reward offer is only valid for tips concerning this crime received on or before May 31, 2016.



05/09/2016 – Wanted Person: Demarcus D’Shay Greer

Law enforcement officers in East Texas are looking for DEMARCUS D’SHAY GREER.

As of May 09, Demarcus Greer is wanted for a parole violation warrant and for Evading Arrest.  The parole warrant is related to Greer’s convictions for the second degree felony offenses of Robbery and Burglary of a Habitation.  The warrant notice warns officers that Greer might be armed and dangerous.

According to jail records, Greer was arrested numerous times for multiple offenses, including; possessing narcotics, evading arrest, theft, unlawfully possessing a firearm, burglarizing habitations (twice), and robbery (twice).

Demarcus D’Shay Greer is a 29-year-old black male who stands 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds.  As shown in the included images, Greer has “Damu” tattooed across his neck.  He might change his hair and facial hair styles but his tattoo choice should make him easily identifiable.

Recent anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers placed Greer at a residence on in Lufkin but attempts to apprehend him have not been successful.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be current or correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest.  NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.

If you know the current location of DEMARCUS D’SHAY GREER, or if you can provide information that might lead to his arrest, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the Tip button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to Greer’s arrest may be eligible for a reward.  Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



05/02/2016 – Unsolved Robbery

At approximately 4:00 PM Wednesday, February 3rd, an unidentified man robbed Temple Federal Credit Union in Diboll and Crime Stoppers wants to pay a reward, in cash, for information that leads to the man’s arrest.

Employees described the criminal as a thin-build, younger-looking black male who stands approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall.   He was wearing a black toboggan, black jacket, dark, baggy pants, dark shoes with white soles, gold-rimmed sunglasses, and red earbud headphones.

The employees were concerned that the man was armed but a weapon was not displayed.  He waved an unreadable note at the employees and then demanded they open their cash drawers.  The employees wisely complied with his demands and were left shaken but unharmed when he took the money and fled.   

The man was last seen traveling on foot headed south from the bank.

Crime Stoppers received several anonymous tips soon after the robbery occurred but investigators determined that the persons named in those tips were not involved in the crime.

If you can identify this criminal or provide information that will help solve the crime, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward but Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.

Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



04/19/2016 - Wanted Person

East Texas law enforcement officers are looking for Clifford Ward Futch, a 54-year-old white male with gray hair and green eyes who stands 5'09" tall and weighs 175 pounds.

As of April 19, Futch was wanted on a Texas Pardons and Parole Board warrant related to his prior arrests/convictions for the offenses of Resisting Arrest, Evading Arrest, Bail Jumping, and Failure to Appear. Futch was last known to be in Rusk County but has links to Nacogdoches, Angelina and Cherokee counties.

Futch drives, or did drive, a green-in-color 2004 Ford truck and possibly a black Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be correct when read. Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest. NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.

Call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the Tip button below to anonymously submit a tip regarding the current location of Clifford Ward Futch.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to Futch's arrest may be eligible for a reward.  Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



UPDATED 04/26/2016 - Absconders

April 18, 2016, Crime Stoppers asked for help locating three Angelina County probation absconders Jock Dominey, Jeffery Walker, and Brian Garrett; each were wanted on a felony warrant and Crime Stoppers offered to pay for information that led to their arrests.

April 20, an anonymous tip led members of Angelina County CSCD’s Warrant Team, Angelina County Sheriff’s Deputies, and the Angelina County Precinct 3 Constable to the location of Jeffery Steven Walker. Walker, a 43-year-old white male, was arrested for a felony probation warrant related to his prior arrest and conviction for possession of a controlled substance.

April 26, Angelina County Deputies found Brian Gregory Garrett riding a stolen motorcycle on South First Street in Lufkin.  Garrett attempted to flee but lost control of the motorcycle while turning into the Crown Colony subdivision.  He then attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended.  Garrett, a 30-year-old white male, was booked into Angelina County Jail for felony probation warrants related to his arrest and conviction for possession or transporting a chemical with intent to manufacture a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, and for Evading Arrest, Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Theft, and four Lufkin Municipal Court warrants.

Jock Colby Dominey, a 25-year-old white male, is wanted on a felony probation warrant related to his arrest and conviction for three offenses of manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest.  NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.

Jeffery Steven Walker and Brian Gregory Garrett have been arrested but, as of this posting (10:00 AM April 26), Jock Dominey is still wanted. If you know Dominey’s current location, submit a tip by calling Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or clicking the “Tip: Dominey” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.  Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.

 



UPDATED 07/20/2016 - SOLVED Kountry Store Crooks

Investigators have identified the actors in this case. At the time of this update, Crime Stoppers did not have confirmation of the suspects' identities.

ORIGINAL POST 03/28/2016:

69 Kountry Store in Pollok was burglarized Easter weekend.

This is the second time this year 69 Kountry Store has been burglarized.  Around 3:00 AM February 18, Angelina County Deputies responded to an alarm at the store, located at 10951 Highway 69 North, and found the front glass door broken.  Security cameras captured images of the suspects’ vehicle, the maroon early 2000s model Toyota Tundra extended cab truck shown here.

Video and images from this weekend’s burglary are not yet available but investigators report that the same truck was used.  

During the February and March burglaries, the suspects forced their way into the store, attempted to take the cash register—it was left damaged but appears to not have been opened—and stole cigarettes.

Investigators stated that one suspect from the February crime was wearing a mask and gloves but is likely a white male.

Also reported February 18 was an attempted burglary, committed in the same manner, at a convenience store in Cherokee County.  A maroon Toyota Tundra was involved and the door glass was broken but the building was not entered.



03/21/2016 – Capital Murder

Gregg Edward Dowd was murdered February 21 outside his business in western San Augustine County and Crime Stoppers is offering to double the reward for the anonymous tip that leads to the murderer’s arrest.

Around 1:00 AM that Sunday, San Augustine County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Dowd’s game room, located on State Highway 21 West at County Road 254, and found Dowd, a 54-year-old white male, deceased in the parking lot. Investigators believe Dowd had just closed the business when someone attempted to rob him.  The confrontation that followed ended with Dowd being shot multiple times at a close range.

Murder during the commission of a robbery is a Capital Felony, which could be punished by the death penalty or life in prison.  

Investigators need to to speak with anyone who was at the game room at or around the time of the murder because even the smallest piece of information could help the investigation.  If you were at the game room in the hours leading up to Dowd’s death, or if you can identify anyone who was, contact San Augustine County Sheriff's Office by calling (936) 275-2424.  Information provided directly to law enforcement is not eligible for a Crime Stoppers reward and might not be protected by anonymity statutes.

Crime Stoppers can only pay rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.  To provide information concerning Gregg Dowd’s murder while remaining anonymous and being eligible for a reward, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below. Calls and tips made directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a double reward.



UPDATED 03/16/2016 – RYAN GLENN SCOTT & DEMETRIUS GERALD WHEELER

In February, Houston County Sheriff’s Office asked for assistance locating Ryan Glenn Scott and Demetrius Gerald Wheeler.  February 03, a judge issued warrants for the arrest of Scott and Wheeler for the offense of Aggravated Robbery.

The arrest warrants stemmed from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office investigation of the December 17, 2015, robbery of a Lovelady, Texas bank.

Demetrius Gerald Wheeler, a 25-year-old black male who stands approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds, was arrested March 16 in Harris County, Texas.  At the time of this update, Crime Stoppers does not have the details of his arrest.  In addition to the Aggravated Robbery warrant, Demetrius Wheeler was wanted in Trinity County for Evading Arrest.

Ryan Glenn Scott, a 26-year-old black male who stands approximately 6 feet tall, weighs approximately 190 pounds, and has multiple tattoos on his face, is still wanted for the Robbery.  Scott has ties to the Kemah area of Galveston County.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be current or correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest.  NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.

If you can provide the current location of Ryan Glenn Scott, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the tip button below. Calls and tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward if the information provided leads to an arrest.

Information provided directly to a law enforcement officer or agency is not eligible for a Crime Stoppers Reward.



03/14/2016 – Quick-Change

Seeing video of a quick-change scam in action may have you thinking it would be easy to spot and leave you questioning how anyone could fall for it.  The truth is, quick-change scams have been around for a long time because they work very well if the thief is quick enough and can distract the victim.

To put it simply, a quick-change scam, when it occurs at a business, involves a criminal getting a cashier to give more change than is owed.  Typically, the thief uses a large denomination bill to pay for an inexpensive item and then confuses the cashier as they return the change.  There are several techniques but, if the cashier falls for the scam, they all result in the store losing money.

The case Crime Stoppers is trying to solve this week occurred at Walmart and involved a “progressive” quick-change technique; quickly and repeatedly pressuring the cashier to take small denomination bills in exchange for large denomination bills.

Video shows a “customer” paying for a bottle of water using a $100 bill.  As the cashier counted out his change, he asked for his $100 bill back and said he would pay with a smaller bill.  The cashier, confused and possibly not remembering that she already gave him change for the purchase, began to return the $100 bill and take the smaller bill as payment.  The thief then confused the cashier again by asking to exchange many smaller bills for several of the large denomination bills in the register. By moving quickly, continually confusing the cashier, and using sleight-of-hand, the thief walked away with the bottle of water and several hundred dollars.
    
Even with this poor video quality, the scam seems obvious from the moment the thief approached the register and switched off the conveyor belt to give himself space to work.  That and every other move he made were clues that something was wrong.  If you ever find yourself in a similar situation; stop everything, hold all cash, ask a trusted person for help, and call law enforcement if necessary.

If you can identify the thief, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest may earn a reward.



Thrifty Thieves

Crime Stoppers exists to reduce criminal activity by educating the public and providing a way to anonymously assist in identifying criminals.  This week, Crime Stoppers wants to educate the public about a common criminal activity in hopes of preventing future occurrences.

The Family Crisis Center of East Texas, a local charity, operates stores in Lufkin through which the sale of donated items provides funds for fulfilling its mission of keeping families safe and free from abuse.  When donors drop off items after the stores have closed for the day, the stores are not the only ones who appreciate the after-hours generosity.  Regularly, “shoppers” pick through the donations and steal what they want.

The donations left outside the stores are not free for the taking; they are donations to the charity and taking them is theft.  The people in the video included here might say they needed charity or that they did not steal but scurrying around when a store is closed is not the act of a person who believes they are within the law.

The Family Crisis Center Thrift Store has not yet sought to file criminal charges regarding the videoed incidents, so Crime Stoppers cannot offer a specific reward for the identification of the actors, but the thefts need to stop.   If you know the people in the video, tell them that what they did is a crime.  If you know the people in the video, tell them what they did is a crime.  If you want to report the identify anyone shown in the video, in case charges are filed at a later date, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Identify” button below.