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12/05/2016 – You Were Warned

Regular readers of Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week spots will remember that before Thanksgiving we warned you to pay attention when shopping and to keep hold of your purse and wallet.  This week, we have video that will show you just how easy it is to fall victim to opportunistic thieves.  The theft seen in the video (included here and posted at facebook.com/DETCS) occurred in August but it proves that there’s never a good time to leave your wallet in a public place.

It’s easy to get distracted; you’re paying for your purchase, watching the kids, and thinking about the dozens of other things on your plate.  That appears to be what happened to our victim.  He ordered food from Little Caesar’s Pizza on North Timberland Drive in Lufkin and, while watching his kids and trying to pay, he laid his wallet on the counter and there it stayed…at least until the next customer found it.

The next customer, a woman, appears to notice the wallet straight away and when the employee turned around to grab a pizza, the woman grabbed the wallet and rifled through it to see what she had.  

She returned the wallet to the counter when another customer arrived but she claimed it again before leaving.  Giving a strong indication that she wasn’t just looking for the wallet’s rightful owner, she used her pizza box to hide her actions.  With the wallet tucked under the box, she left the building.

The woman paid using cash and the pizza wasn’t preordered, so the purchase didn’t help identify her.  The woman’s face isn’t clear in the video but someone will know who she is.  If that someone is you, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve Tip” button below, or submit a tip using the P3 Tip app (iTunes | Google Play).

Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.  Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous, crime-solving 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.



11/29/2016 - Theft and Fraud

Groveton Police Department needs to identify a theft and credit card fraud suspect and Crime Stoppers would like to reward someone who can help do it.

A wallet was stolen November 19 from the Dollar General in Groveton and one of the debit cards in the wallet was later used at that Dollar General and at Walmart in Livingston.  One of the fraudulent charges was for just under $40 but the other was for more than $350.  The investigating officer was able to obtain the included photo of the suspect at Walmart.

If you can you identify the suspect, submit an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip by calling (936) 639-TIPS, clicking the “Solve Tip” button below, or using the P3 Tip app (iTunes | Google Play).  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous, crime-solving 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.



11/28/2016 - All or Nothing

Most thieves seem to be content with stealing a few items from a store but that wasn’t enough for this week’s Crime of the Week suspect.  For him, it was all or nothing and he managed to take it all—the whole building that is.

About 10:30 PM November 10, someone stole a fireworks stand from behind Coleman’s Grocery in Zavalla.  An Angelina County Sheriff’s Deputy found the trailer-mounted building near the end of Marions Ferry Road but the thief hasn’t been identified.  The building’s roof was torn away and the fireworks, worth about $5,000, were missing.

The investigating deputy and Zavalla PD obtained video of a man they believe to be the thief.  The video, included here and posted at facebook.com/DETCS, was captured by a camera on Coleman’s building and shows the man driving a four-door Dodge truck through the parking lot and stopping to relieve himself at the business’ car wash stalls.  The truck has extended, trailer-towing mirrors and a lightbar on its cab; it might be four-wheel-drive but the low-light video makes it difficult to be certain.

If you know who owns the truck or if can you identify the driver, Crime Stoppers might have a cash reward for you.  Watch the video and, if you can help solve the crime, submit an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip by calling (936) 639-TIPS, clicking the “Solve Tip” button below, or using the P3 Tip app (iTunes | Google Play).  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous, crime-solving 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.



11/14/2016 – Wanted

Many of us spent the holiday weekend with family, friends, and acquaintances.  Some of those encounters were with people we might otherwise avoid and a few were with people wanted for various crimes.

Do you deserve compensation for suffering through a barbeque with your neighbor’s cousin who bragged about how he was never caught for some crime he committed?  Should you get something for having to hold your wife’s purse throughout the party after your brother’s new girlfriend mentioned the theft warrants for her arrest?  Submit an anonymous tip that helps locate a wanted felon and you might be compensated in the form of a cash reward from Crime Stoppers.

As of November 14, 2016, Crime Stoppers and Angelina County Probation Officers are looking for the following felony probation absconders:

  • Brian Steven Flurry, 37, Theft
  • Kimberly Oniela Horton, 30, Burglary of a Building
  • Kelly Lane King, 46, Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Rainbow Dawn Kessner, 34, DWI with a Child Passenger
The listed warrant information was correct when published but may change before being read.  Warrants 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.

Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips regarding any wanted felon in the Deep East Texas area.  If you call (936) 639-TIPS, click one of the “Tip” buttons on this page, or use Crime Stoppers’ P3 Tips app (iTunes | Google Play), you will be known only by a randomized tip number.  Anonymity is not Crime Stoppers’ promise—IT IS THE LAW.  To further ensure a tipster’s identity is never known, Crime Stoppers pays rewards only for anonymous tips; tipsters who identify themselves are not eligible for payment.



11/07/2016 – Stolen and Abandoned

Living in a gated community can provide a sense of security and that might cause you to let down your guard.  The truth is, criminals are clever and understand that even the highest security measure has a weak link, usually the human element, and they will exploit it.  

September 11, a thief proved, once again, that living in a gated apartment complex does not remove the need to properly secure your belongings.   The apartment complex on Daniel McCall Drive in Lufkin has good security cameras, proper security fencing, and working security gates but the thief was not deterred.

Video from the complex shows a white, possibly Hispanic, male driving a gold Ford F-250 or F-350 truck to one of the gates at the complex.  He attempted to force open an emergency box to get through the locked gate.  When that failed, he simply moved his vehicle out of the way, waited for another vehicle to open the gate, and followed them in.  He made one pass around the parking area and left but returned a few minutes later and followed another vehicle through the gate.  When he left again he was towing a travel trailer that belonged to a resident of the complex.

The travel trailer was found two days later on Lucky Street in North Houston but the thief has not been identified and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward for an anonymous tip that leads to his arrest.  Video of the thief and his truck is included here and posted at facebook.com/DETCS.

If you can identify this thief, submit an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip by calling (936) 639-TIPS, clicking the “Solve This” button below, or using the P3 Tips app (iTunes | Google Play).  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.



11/01/2016 – 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 the iTunes and Google Play stores.  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.  The process is anonymous, so Crime Stoppers 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 anytime 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.

You have to be quick if you want to be the first to submit a Crime Stoppers tip; a reward can be paid only to the first, most accurate tip we receive.



10/24/2016 – Twenty-Sixteen

When will criminals learn?  Businesses use video to watch for crime, Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards and complete anonymity to help solve crimes, and people will give you up.  It really isn’t a difficult concept to grasp.  The last several Crime of the Week cases have been solved quickly and we expect this case will be no different.

At end of August, two men stole money from a cash register at Walmart in Lufkin.  Since the crime occurred two months ago, the criminals probably believe they got away with it but we know the community will not let that happen.

They parked their small, dark-colored car too far from the building for the make and model of the vehicle to be determined from video but they walked directly at cameras inside the store, graciously providing investigators the videos included here and posted at facebook.com/DETCS.

Inside the store, the suspect with “MMXVI” (2016) on the front of his sweatpants went to the garden center.  When a cashier was called away from her register to assist someone, the suspect used a small pry bar to force open the cash drawer.  He then stuffed about $2,000 into the pants and walked back to the car to meet his friend.

If you can identify either of the suspects, submit an anonymous tip by clicking the “Solve This” button below, using the P3 Tips app (iTunes | Google Play), or by calling (936) 639-TIPS.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the first. Most accurate tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.



10/17/2016 – Coin-Op Crooks

Vending machines are a convenience many of us enjoy but they also are convenient targets for burglars.  The cash inside vending machines at gas stations in Lufkin and Nacogdoches were the focus of a man and a woman at the end of last month.

The pair, a man and a woman, drove a small, blue, four-door car with black wheels.  Cameras at one station show both opening the vending machines.  Another video shows only the man but he drove the same car and movement in the car indicates he had a passenger.  Portions of the videos are included here and posted at facebook.com/DETCS.

The vending machines were not forced open so the crooks had a way to unlock or bypass the locks.  They took the cash from the machines but returned the cash boxes to delay discovery of their crimes.

The man and woman are white and both appear to be smokers.  The woman is recognizable by her long, blonde hair; wore in a ponytail, her hair reached to the middle of her back.  She is short, standing only a head taller than the roof of the car, and overweight.  The man’s description is difficult to make out from the videos but his hair is short, possible balding on top, and he might have facial hair.

Fingerprint evidence will link the crooks to the crimes but you can still help investigators by naming the burglars.  If you can identify the crooks, submit an anonymous tip by clicking the “Solve This” button below, using the P3 Tips app (iTunes | Google Play), or by calling (936) 639-TIPS.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and a tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.  

This is another case that shouldn’t take long to close so don’t wait to submit a tip; only the first, most accurate tip received can be rewarded.



10/03/2016 – Give and Take

Wearing a blood donor shirt while stealing a bike seems to make the person both a giver and a taker.  Well, that’s what you’ll see in this week’s Crime of the Week case.

Two men walked through the Sound Techs parking lot in Lufkin and saw a bicycle on the back of a Jeep.  Initially, they walked away but a moment later one of them, the one wearing a blood donor’s t-shirt, went back for the bike.  He quickly disconnected it from the Jeep’s carrier and road southbound along South First Street to meet his friend.  The racing-style Bianchi bike is painted black and turquoise and worth $7,000 but it’s possible the men had no idea of its value and took it just because it wasn’t bolted down.

Video of the theft is included here and posted at facebook.com/DETCS.  Even with the grainy quality of the video, anyone who knows the thieves will be able to identify them.  

When the video was rewound to a few minutes prior to the theft, an 80s model blue Dodge truck with a camper shell is seen driving through the parking lot.  It paused near the Jeep then drove away and investigators want to know if they saw or know the suspects.

If you can identify the thieves, and you don’t believe that donating blood offsets theft, submit an anonymous tip by clicking the “Solve This” button below, using the P3 Tips app (iTunes | Google Play), or by calling (936) 639-TIPS.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and a tip that leads to an arrest or the recovery of the bike might be eligible for a reward.



09/20/2016 – Take Your Stuff and Lock the Car

Over the last two weeks, Groveton Police Department received reports of several vehicle burglaries during which firearms and wallets were stolen.  The stolen firearms, handguns, are a Glock 19, a Llama 40 caliber, and an unidentified handgun chambered for .380 ACP.

Groveton’s residents are not alone in their experience with vehicle burglaries; they occur everywhere.  Peace officers do what they can to combat the problem – arresting burglars, waiting for their release, and arresting them when they recidivate – but the truth is, we, the individual vehicle owners and drivers, can do more to stop the burglars than can law enforcement.

Every time you leave your car, even if you’re “just running into the store” or parked in your own garage, close the windows, turn off the ignition, take the key with you, and lock the doors.  That’s just a starting point because, if you left your wallet on the console, a burglar will break your window to get to it.  So, never leave your belongings visible in your vehicle when parked; this includes mobile phones, GPS units, purses, wallets, shopping bags, luggage, gym bags, diaper bags, guns…the list is infinitely long.  Also, don’t hide you belongs, take them with you; the burglar knows that it is your purse on the back floorboard cleverly concealed beneath the strategically crumpled baby blanket.

Do your part to protect yourself and your property.

If you know who is responsible for the recent burglaries in Groveton, or if you know the location of the stolen guns, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This” button below, or use the P3 Tips app available through iTunes and Google Play.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.  You have to be quick to be the first to submit a case-solving tip.

If you discover fraudulent charges to your credit or debit card, immediately report the activity to your financial institution and your local law enforcement agency.



09/19/2016 – Travelers

Criminals go to great lengths in their attempts to avoid being caught but few succeed.  The criminals in this week’s Crime of the Week seem to believe that operating in Houston would put them out of reach of East Texas law enforcement.  They were wrong.

When several East Texas victims reported fraudulent charges to their debit cards, cards that were still in the victims’ possession, Texas Department of Public Safety investigators took up the case.  How the card data was obtained is being investigated but all of the fraudulent use occurred in the Houston area.  You can help by identifying one of the suspects.

The investigators obtained videos from the Houston area stores visited by the criminals.  Each of the videos, portions of which are included here, show the same black female using the victims’ stolen debit card information to make purchases.  At each store, the female suspect was dropped off by a black, four-door car.

Watch the video and, if you know female suspect, you will be able to identify her and possibly help identify the other criminal, or criminals, in the car.

If you can solve this case, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This” button below, or use the P3 Tips app available through iTunes and Google Play.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.  You have to be quick to be the first to submit a case-solving tip.

If you discover fraudulent charges to your credit or debit card, immediately report the activity to your financial institution and your local law enforcement agency.



09/13/2016 – Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child

Angelina County Sheriff’s Department is searching for Arnoldo Navarro Castro (AKA: Castro), a 49-year-old Hispanic male who stands 5 feet, 7-inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds.

Castro was the subject of an investigation by the Sheriff’s Department that revealed he had continuously sexually abused a child over a period of approximately four years.  September 07, 2016, investigators presented the findings to a judge and obtained a warrant for Castro’s arrest for the first degree felony offense of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.

Castro, a Lufkin area resident for several years, is currently on probation and has prior arrests Angelina County for criminal trespass and possessing a forged government document (an identification card).  He has large tattoos on the bicep and shoulder of both arms and he has a surgical scar running vertically the length of his abdomen.

Investigators believe Castro was living on Scotty Beard Road in Angelina County but he has not been seen at that address for a few weeks.  Castro has worked in the building trades as a laborer and is not known to own a vehicle.

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 Arnoldo Navarro Castro or can provide information that might lead to his capture, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Tip: Castro” button below, or use the P3 Tips app available through iTunes and Google Play.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to Castro’s arrest.

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.



09/12/2016 – Opportunistic

Criminals plan some crimes, usually not very well, and passion drives other crimes but many crimes occur merely because the opportunity presented itself.  Some otherwise upstanding citizens commit opportunistic crimes but, regardless of the reason, all crimes matter.

This week’s Crime of the Week was one of opportunity and the actors, although aware of what they were doing, might not know that the crime they committed, Credit Card Abuse, is a state jail felony offense.

Video of the incident, included here and posted at www.facebook.com/DETCS, shows a man mistakenly leaving a prepaid credit card on the counter at Walmart in Lufkin and the next customers in line using it.  The suspects, a man and a woman, point at, move, conceal, and appear to discuss the card before deciding to hand it to the cashier to pay for their purchases.  Their hesitation before using the card likely is a sign that they considered the consequences of using another person’s credit card.

Investigators need to identify the suspects in this incident so the victim can recover his lost money and, as with any unsolved crime, Crime Stoppers is offering a reward but preventing future occurrences by reminding everyone that this is a crime is Crime Stoppers’ ultimate goal in profiling this incident.

If you can identify the suspects in this incident, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This” button below, or use the P3 Tips app available through iTunes and Google Play.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers 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.



09/05/2016 – Evil

We’ve grown accustomed to seeing security video of thefts.  So much so that many of us give little consideration to criminals taking the property of another; as if theft is just a petty crime and not worth a second thought.  The fact is, theft is a crime, it has a major impact on our lives, and we have to stop thieves but this week’s Crime of the Week is more about being evil than it is about stealing.  

About 9:00 PM Sunday, August 28, a criminal entered the Dollar General store on Kurth Drive in Lufkin prepared to commit a robbery. With his head and face covered and a hammer in his hand, the man leaped onto the counter and demanded the employee open the safe.  When the employee said he had no way of opening the safe, the man jumped down from the counter and walked to the safe.

After a moment of contemplation, the man walked back toward the counter as though he would leave.  You can imagine that the employee felt relieved; it seemed the incident was over as quickly as it had started but it wasn’t.  Not satisfied to leave without fulfilling his need to take, he decided to punish the employee. Using the hammer, the man bashed the employees head and then jumped back over the counter and ran out the door.

The video of the robbery included here also is posted at www.facebook.com/DETCS.

This criminal has no regard for the life of others and Crime Stoppers wants your help identifying him so that no one else is subjected to his violence.

If you can solve this crime, call 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.



08/29/2016 – 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.



08/18/2016 – 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.



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.



Eve The Longhorn

Investigators are seeking information concerning 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 was able to increase the reward offer to up to $2,100 for tips received on or before May 31, 2016; the case remained unsolved.

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 leads to an arrest related to this act of animal cruelty may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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. 



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.