02/18/2019 – Can't Have Nice Things
We live among people who can't stand for the rest of us to have nice things. They see something new, and they tear it down. They see something they want, and they steal it. East Texas Pawn, as an example, was in its new location in Lufkin (110 South Chestnut Street) for one day short of a month when someone smashed a window.
Minutes before midnight January 02, two hoodie-wearing hoodlums armed with a hammer attempted to burglarize the new building by breaking the glass of one of the doors. Assuming, apparently, that everyone is as ill-prepared as them, the criminals were surprised by the alarm they triggered. They fled on foot, headed west toward Bowles Street.
The business has security cameras, of course—the video is included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS—but the burglars hid their faces and were on scene for less than 15 seconds. A light-blue backpack carried by one and the orange or red soles on that person's tennis shoes might be all that someone needs to help solve this case. The first case solving anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers will be eligible for a reward.
If you can identify the criminals, click the “Solve This” button below, download our app, or call us at (936) 639-TIPS. The entire Crime Stoppers process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster. Rewards are paid in cash but only for anonymous tips that are submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and provide crime-solving information not previously known by law enforcement.
02/04/2019 – Unsuccessful, but Destructive
Thankfully, the brightest among us seldom turn to crime. More often, those committing crimes seem to lack a proper understanding of the planning process, cause and effect, and consequences. This week, Crime Stoppers wants you to help investigators identify three would-be burglars who failed to achieve their goal but destroyed property at a car wash.
January 08, around 1:45 AM, three suspects arrived at a car wash in Huntington. They spent more than an hour attempting to open a vacuum cleaner and other machines, leaving at 3:00 AM without the hoped for loot. At 4:00 AM, the trio returned and wasted another hour working on the vacuum. In the end, the criminals succeeded in removing the vacuum from its mount but never managed to open the coin box.
Had they spent their time at actual jobs, even at minimum wage, they'd have earned more than the machine contained. Instead, their attempted burglary caused nearly $10,000 in damage.
Video from car wash, portions of which are included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS, shows the three burglars driving a second generation Ford Explorer (1998-2000 year model). One suspect, a thin, shaggy-hair, white male, walked right up to and looked at a security camera. The video is black and white but someone should easily recognize the criminals and, if they act quickly, might earn a cash reward.
If you can identify the suspects, click the “Solve This” button below, download our app, or call us at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward. Only the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward.
01/31/2019 - Sex Offender Warrants
In Texas, sex offenders must register with local law enforcement upon conviction or release from custody, and then periodically according to the terms of their conviction. Failure to meet the reporting requirements may subject the sex offender to felony prosecution. Visit the Texas Sex Offender Registry website records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffenderRegistry and you'll find there isn't a shortage of registered sex offenders in the East Texas area.
Peace officers are looking for a sex offender who has been wanted in Angelina County since April for failing to meet his registration requirements, and Crime Stoppers has reward money available for the anonymous tip that leads to his arrest. Johnathan Mitchell was convicted in 2005 of sexually assaulting of a 14-year-old female child. One requirement of his conviction is that he register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. Having failed to meet that requirement, Mitchell is now wanted on a third degree felony arrest warrant.
The listed warrant information was correct when published but might 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.
Johnathan Mitchell is a 34-year-old white male from Huntington. His prior arrest booking photos show him with balding red hair and a goatee but his hair is said to be longer and dyed a dark-brown color now and he has begun growing a beard. Whatever his current hair and facial hair appearance, Mitchell has brown eyes, stands 5'09" tall, and weights approximately 190 pounds.
If you know Johnathan Mitchell's current location, click the “Tip: Mitchell” button below, download our app, or call us at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward. Only the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward.
01/28/2019 – Wrecked Washateria
We had not idea how upsetting the process of doing laundry at a washateria can be until we were asked to profile two recent burglary and vandalism incidents. Anonymous tips helped solve one incident, which occurred Christmas night and was profiled by Crime Stoppers January 14, and we hope that someone will do the same for the other incident.
Around 1:00 AM December 15, an alarm activated at Sud R Us on East Denman Avenue. Responding officers found water pouring from a broken water pipe on the exterior of the building, large holes smashed through interior walls, and other property damage.
Video from inside the building (included here and posted at facebook.com/639tips) shows a man and a woman washing clothes. The man attacked the change machine, and building, after he was unable to get change from the machine. He attempted to kick open a door to the room behind the change machine, presumably to gain access to the back of the machine, repeatedly threw a rolling laundry basket at the front of the machine, and ripped sheetrock from a wall. The woman continued to do their laundry while she watched the man wreck the building.
The video is very low resolution but someone will recognize the pair and the first, most accurate anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers that identifies them might earn a cash reward.
If you can identify either of the suspects, click the “Solve This” button below, download our app, or call us at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward. Only the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward.
01/21/2019 – Counterfeit Currency
Counterfeit money has been a problem nearly as long as coins and paper currency have been in use. What once required artistic skill and specialized equipment now can be accomplished with a cheap printer or an Amazon account, where $10 can buy $10,000 in “movie money”.
With fake money readily available, the counterfeiting problem isn’t going away but we can combat it in our communities. Businesses need to properly train and equip employees and each of us need to pay attention to the money we receive.
Counterfeit money isn't difficult to spot because modern counterfeiters rely more on distracting the receiver than on creating realistic-looking, and feeling, money. Many businesses have their employees "test" money with counterfeit-detecting pens but those pens can return false positives and be fooled. Ultraviolet detection devices are better than the pens but the best, and cheapest, option is to properly train the people who handle money.
The anti-counterfeiting features of U.S. currency are not a mystery, the Secret Service has an entire website dedicated to the security and design features of genuine currency. Detecting a fake is only a matter of knowing what to look for and taking your time when handling money. Everything you need to know to spot counterfeit currency can be found at uscurrency.gov. If you're a business owner/operator in Angelina County and need help preparing your employees, contact Detective JB Smith, executive director for Crime Stoppers.
If you encounter bogus money, immediately stop the transaction, hold onto your money, and contact law enforcement.
If you know anyone involved in producing or passing counterfeit money, you might be able to turn your knowledge into cash, genuine U.S. currency, by clicking one of the tip button below, using Crime Stoppers’ app, or calling (936) 639-TIPS. Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.
01/07/2019 – Four Frauds and a Burglary
Businesses don't simply absorb the costs associated with fraud and theft, they pass them along to customers; to you. Preventing and solving crimes helps everyone, except the criminals, and Crime Stoppers has a burglary and fraud case that needs to be solved.
December 14, burglars smashed a window of a truck parked on Muirfield Drive in Lufkin. They stole a wallet and, within hours, used the victim's credit cards at Walmart in Lufkin and Nacogdoches. Video from the Lufkin store shows four men fraudulently using the credit cards to purchase several thousand dollars worth of gift cards, at least some of which were Vanilla brand.
The suspects wore hats and hooded jackets, and avoided looking directly at security cameras, but video posted here and on our Facebook page should let someone identify them. All four appear to be black males. The first into the store wore a dark gray or black hoodie and a light blue hat. The second wore a red and black hooded jacket, possibly North Face brand. The third wore a high-visibility yellow, reflective safety shirt over a light gray hoodie. And, the fourth wore a red hoodie and a dark blue hat with what appears to be Walmart's yellow spark logo on its front.
If you can identify any of the suspects in this case, click the Solve This” Button below, download our app, or call us at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward. Only the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward.
12/24/2018 – Livestock Cruelty
Lufkin Police Department needs help identifying the person responsible for killing and butchering a calf in a pasture on Bloomer McCall Lane.
The owner of the property reported finding one of his Black Angus calves deceased and partially butchered. Missing from the approximately 400-pound calf were its right front leg and shoulder, and both back straps. The owner doesn't know who is responsible, why the animal was chosen, or why the criminal took only a small portion of the meat, but said the crime occurred between mid-afternoon December 15 and mid-day December 17. The first officer on scene inspected the carcass but could not determine the cause or manner of death.
Most will prefer not to see photographs of the crime but viewing the photos might encourage a tipster to come forward with case-solving information, so Crime Stoppers is making them available. Clicking the following link will take you to images of the deceased calf: [I choose to view images of the deceased and butchered calf].
Section 42.09 of the Texas Penal Code prohibits cruelty to livestock animals but for the statute to apply to this crime, investigators must prove that the calf was killed in a way that caused "unjustifiable pain or suffering". Theft is another offense that fits, given that the criminal deprived the owner of his property. Either way, whoever is responsible for this heinous act is facing felony punishment.
Crime Stoppers has reward money available for the anonymous tip that helps put the offender in jail. If you can identify the person responsible for this crime, click the "Solve This" button below, download our app, or call (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the first, most accurate anonymous tip that helps solve this case might be eligible for a reward.
UPDATED 12-17-2018 - Teresa Ilean Hague - FOUND
Crockett Police Department reported that Teresa Hague was found in Virginia and is safe. CPD said Teresa's family has been notified of her location and they thank everyone for the information provided throughout the search for her.
The original posts regarding 25-year-old Teresa indicated that she was last seen in Crockett's Quail Trail subdivision getting into a green truck occupied by Richard (Ricky) Hampton Hayslett and Starr Raw. Hayslett was wanted in Houston County for Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance and for Failure to Appear.
At the time of this update, Richard Hampton Hayslett was not in custody so Crime Stoppers may pay a reward for information that leads to his arrest. Remember, only tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and only anonymous, crime-solving tips that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement are eligible for a reward
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.
Tip submit a tip regarding the current location of Richard Hayslett, click the "Tip: Hayslett" button below.
12/10/2018 – ID Theft
November 01, a Lufkin resident was alerted by an identity theft monitoring service to which he subscribes that a new account had been opened in his name. Knowing he had not opened an account, he reported the incident to Lufkin Police Department. Investigators obtained video of a man who fraudulently used the victim's identifying information to open an account at Best Buy in Lufkin, and attempted to open an account at Target, also in Lufkin.
Videos from both stores show the same man, seen here in an image pulled from Target's security cameras, applying for credit in the victim's name. He is a black male and was wearing a dark colored Nike "Jays, Treys and Fadeaways" t-shirt and gray Nike "Just Do It" sweatpants. At both stores, the suspect was accompanied by a black male wearing a white t-shirt, black shorts, black socks, and black slide-style sandals. In Best Buy, the companion helped the suspect with selecting the Apple products to purchase with his newfound identify.
Portions of the stores' security videos are included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS.com
If you can identify the identity theft suspect, or know of someone else committing similar crimes in the Deep East Texas area, click the “Solve This” button below, download our app, or call us at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward. Only the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward.
11/19/2018 – Witnesses Sought
October 04, two Lufkinites lost their lives in a vehicle crash on Lufkin's Loop. A Traffic Accident Reconstructionist is working to complete the investigation and asked Crime Stoppers to help find any witnesses to the crash. While this falls outside Crime Stoppers' usual "rewards for anonymous, crime solving tips" model, helping bring this investigation to a close is something regular readers of this article will gladly do.
Lou Rolle, 75, and her husband Richard Rolle, 80, were passengers in a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Roderick Brown, 45, also of Lufkin. About 4:30 PM that Thursday, the vehicle was traveling northbound on Loop 287 when, for unknown reasons, it left the roadway and impacted a light pole and a new Ram truck on the sales lot of Southern Chrysler Dodge, located in the 2700 block of South Medford Drive. Lou died in the crash and Richard died the following morning in a Tyler hospital as a result of injuries he suffered in the crash.
There were plenty of vehicles traveling the Loop that afternoon and it is likely that someone witnessed the crash or observed the vehicle prior to the crash. If you were a witness to the crash, or know someone who is, the accident investigator, Detective Carroll, needs to speak with you. You can reach Detective Carroll by calling Lufkin Police Department at (936) 633-0356.
Although Crime Stoppers cannot offer a reward for identifying a witness to this crash, anyone wishing to provide information regarding the crash, or identify a witness to it, while remaining anonymous may do so by visiting clicking the "Help This Investigation" button below, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and might be eligible for a reward.. Only tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.
Whatever your Thanksgiving plans, when it's time to hit the road, leave early, take your time, and drive defensively.
11/12/2018 – Remember, Remember
"Remember, remember, the fifth of November," once began rhymes sung by those wearing Guy Fawkes masks and telling the tale of the Gunpowder Plot. Now, much of the mask's history is forgotten and it has become a tool for those wishing to hide their identity, including burglars.
Between 1:00 and 3:00 AM October 24, four burglars, one wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, forced their way into storage buildings on North Raguet Street in Lufkin. They filled the bed of their truck with property from several storage units, including; a bicycle, a lawn mower, a golf club set, five "African pictures", a fireplace, and a deep freezer.
The burglars took care to conceal their identities by wearing hooded jackets and covering their faces, including the one using the mask of the 17th century failed bomber, but, apparently, they were not concerned about family, friends, and acquaintances recognizing them based on the collective group and their vehicle. That vehicle is a light-colored, extended cab Dodge Dakota mid-size truck and the group seems to have been comprised of two men and two women.
Portions of the video are included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS. The low-light video doesn't clearly show the burglars' identifying features but that won't deter a Crime Stoppers Tipster in their quest to help solve the case and claim a reward. After all, there can't be very many men in East Texas who drive a Dakota and own a Guy Fawkes mask.
If you can identify any of the burglars or know what happened to the stolen property, click the "Solve This" button below, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and might be eligible for a reward.
11/05/2018 – Remember Darrence
November 03 was the one-year anniversary of the murder of Darrence Kindle. The case remains unsolved and until we, Darrence's neighbors, do our part, his killer will continue walking our streets.
Darrence was murdered during an attempted robbery of Dollar General on Kurth Drive in Lufkin. The killer wore a mask, hood, and gloves, so, despite the best efforts of investigators, forensic evidence alone will not bring the investigation to a successful end. Repeated reward offers and requests for the community's help have not yet yielded useful information but Crime Stoppers will not give up.
Darrence was not a target in this crime, he was a customer and any one of us could have been standing in his place when the masked, gun wielding man entered the store. The killer was inside the store less than four seconds before firing a single shot at Darrence's head, killing him instantly. The murderer then tried several times to shoot the clerk, who could not open the cash register, but his gun malfunctioned.
Video from the store, included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS, shows the murderer wearing a dark-colored hoodie, light-colored basketball shorts, and red shoes. He was described as a lighter-complected black male wearing a green Halloween mask.
Crime Stoppers knows that someone can solve this case and has reward money available to encourage them to help. Crime Stoppers has not put a limit on the reward; the amount will be based on the investigatory value of the information provided.
If you know anything that might help bring Darrence Kindle's murderer to justice, click the "Solve This" button below, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls DIRECTLY to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and anonymous, crime-solving tips are eligible for a reward. Only anonymous, crime-solving tips that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement are eligible for a reward but the entire process, from tip to reward, is anonymous; no one—not Crime Stoppers, not law enforcement, and not the community—will know who you are. DO YOUR PART.
10/29/2018 - Cold, Not Closed
Crime Stoppers attacks crime from all sides. We're ready to accept anonymously-provided crime-solving tips about crimes that haven't yet been reported to or discovered by law enforcement, we're there to publicize crimes and offer rewards at the beginning of investigations, and we profile cases not solved through traditional investigative means. The latter is where we're working this week, focusing on a case from this past summer.
Around 1:00 AM June 02, two burglars stole a backpack and a firearm from a vehicle parked at Clawson Assembly of God on Highway 69 North in Pollok. Other burglaries were reported in the area that night and investigators suspect the same burglars are responsible. Crime Stoppers has video from the church and it should be enough for someone to solve the case.
Portions of the video are included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS. The black and white video doesn't clearly show the burglars' identifying features. One appears to be a tall, thin, white male wearing a t-shirt and knee-length shorts. The other has darker skin and hair, and is shorter than the first, but also appears to be male. He was wearing a short-sleeve shirt, calf-length shorts, and dark, hightop shoes or boots. Both were carrying backpacks that seemed to be full.
If you can solve any of the burglaries, click the "Solve This" button below, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and might be eligible for a reward.
10/08/2018 – Counterfeiter
Investigators are looking for a man accused of passing counterfeit money at General Nutrition Centers (GNC) in Lufkin Mall. The incident occurred more than a month ago but investigators have been unable to identify the suspect, suggesting he might not be from the Lufkin area. Crime Stoppers knows that someone will recognize the man, regardless of where he's from, and has a reward available for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that identifies him.
According to the store, a black male wearing a red shirt, red shorts, red shoes, and a red hat, used counterfeit $50 bills to purchase dietary supplements. Not only did he walk away with the merchandise, including supplements named Arsenal, Liporush, and Steel Libido, he also received genuine currency as change for the fakes.
Genuine Federal Reserve Notes include several easy to spot anti-counterfeit measures, including watermarks and embedded strips. Information on U.S. currency can be found at uscurrency.gov. If you doubt the authenticity of money you receive, contact your bank or local law enforcement agency.
Portions of the store's security video are included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS. The video resolution is low but someone will be able to identify the suspect.
If you can solve this case, click the "Solve This" button below, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and might be eligible for a reward.
10/01/2018 – Dollar Store Robbery
A masked man robbed Family Dollar on Kurth Drive and Crime Stoppers has a cash reward available to encourage someone to help solve the case.
The robbery occurred at 4:00 PM Sunday, September 23, in plan view of several customers and any passersby but the criminal managed to disappear and, so far, has eluded investigators. Video from the store, located at 1109 Kurth Drive in Lufkin, shows the man casually walking into the store and waiting at the cash register for customers to complete their purchases. His waiting isn't strange, since every transaction potentially increases his loot, but it seems odd that none of the customers reacted to his presence.
The robber walked into the store wearing light, possibly gray-colored sweat pants, a black t-shirt, slide-style sandals, and a black baseball cap, which might not stand out to anyone and shouldn't cause alarm. What everyone should have noticed was the bandana covering the man's face. No one flenched, not the customer who passed him walking into the store, not the customers who he allowed to go ahead of him in line, and not the employee working the register.
Once alone with the employee, the robber demanded money from the cash register drawers while motioning to his waistband and indicating he had a gun. The employee complied, turning over the store's cash, a phone, and his own wallet, and the robber walked away. Nearby, officers recovered the hat, t-shirt, and face covering used in the crime, so investigators are left with the description of a large-build—maybe 6'02" tall and 240 ponds—black male with tattoos that the victim could not describe.
Portions of the robbery video is included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS.
If you can identify the robber, click the "Solve This" button below, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and might be eligible for a reward.
08/31/2018 - Fatality Hit and Run
Woodville Police Department needs help identifying and contacting a man who might have witnessed a deadly hit and run vehicle crash that occurred just after 10PM August 22 in the 400 block of S Magnolia St (US 69/287), near the Willis Motel, in Woodville. If you know the man shown in these photos, ask him to contact Woodville PD at (409) 283-5262.
If you wish to provide the man's name and identifying information without getting directly involved and without revealing your name, you may submit the information through Crime Stoppers by clicking the "Solve This" button below, downloading Crime Stoppers' app, or calling Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS.
You might see other requests for assistance with this case but only tips and calls DIRECTLY to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and only anonymous, crime-solving tips that provide information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement are eligible for a reward.
08/27/2018 – Crockett Fires
Since March, Crockett Fire Department has battled eight structure fires in the 800 blocks of Cottonwood Street and Sycamore Street. All of the involved structures, including one inhabited residence, were completely destroyed. Multiple agencies are investigating the fires, which appear to have been deliberately set, and Crime Stoppers wants you to help the investigators.
The Crockett Fire Marshal is leading the investigation, and Crockett Police Department and the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office are assisting. With so many fires in the same area over several months, investigators and area residents are understandably concerned and anxious to find the person(s) responsible. That concern has led to multiple reward offers appearing on social media and in news articles.
As with any unsolved felony crime, Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for anonymously-provided information that leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for these fires. Unlike some of the reward offers you'll see, which offer a reward for "information that leads to an arrest and conviction", Crime Stoppers tipsters will not be asked for their name, to give a statement to law enforcement, or to testify in court. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous; in fact, a Crime Stoppers tipster who identifies themselves to Crime Stoppers or law enforcement is not eligible for a reward. The amount of a Crime Stoppers reward is based upon the investigatory value of the information provided. Crime Stoppers does not have a connection to or control over rewards offered by others.
If you have information regarding the fires, click the "Solve This" button below, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward. Only the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward.
08/20/2018 – Lock Your Doors
You should be able to leave your doors unlocked—this is America and no one should be forced to do something as.difficult as pressing a button or turning a key—but you can't. Thieves believe they're entitled to your property and they'll take everything you make available to them. So, when you leave your car unlocked with your gun inside, expect it not to be there when you return.
That's a lesson recently learned by someone in Angelina County's Idlewood subdivision. They left a handgun in their vehicle and discovered it missing the next morning. A camera outside their house captured video showed them what happened. Overnight, a thief walked up their long, dark driveway, rifled through their unlocked cars, and took the gun. The video is included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS. The burglar in the video is believed to have entered other cars in the same area.
Hearing "lock your doors" sets off some people. They say "it's not illegal to leave your car unlocked", "locking your doors get your window broken", and "arrest the thieves and this wouldn't be a problem". They're not necessarily wrong but it doesn't change the fact that the simple act of locking your door deters some criminals. Locking your doors and removing your valuables helps even more.
If you can identify the Idlewood burglar or know what happened to the stolen gun, click the "Solve This" button below, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward. Only the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward.
08/06/2018 – Mulcher Moocher
Criminals don't pay attention to county lines so Crime Stoppers occasionally steps outside its normal operating area of Angelina, Houston, or Trinity counties. A recent Tyler County theft calls for such extraterritorial operation.
August 02, someone stole a Kubota SVL95 skid steer with a Fecon mulcher head attachment from a location west of Woodville. The skid steer was being used to clear property on US Highway 190 near Farm to Market Road 256. It was last seen at the location around 5:30 PM August 01. Investigators believe the skid steer was driven from the property onto the asphalt of US190 and then either driven from the scene or loaded onto a trailer.
The images included here show the stolen skid steer and mulcher. A distinguishing feature of the skid steer its homemade bumper. The bumper, visible in one of the images, was constructed from four-inch square tubing and protects a winch.
If you know who committed this theft or the current location of the stolen equipment, click the "Solve This" button below, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property might be eligible for a reward.
You might see other requests for assistance with this case but ONLY calls and tips DIRECTLY to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and ONLY anonymous, crime-solving tips that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement are eligible for a reward.
07/30/2018 – Fueled by Greed
Not all thefts are carried out by career criminals but the chance at free cash when someone mistakenly leaves a wallet in a public place can be too much for some people to pass up. Regardless, taking and keeping property misplaced by someone else is a crime and it's the type crime any of us can fall victim to.
Included here, and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS, is video of a wallet theft and you might be able to earn a cash reward by helping reunite the victim with his stolen property.
July 03, the victim stopped at a gas station on West Frank Avenue in Lufkin to fuel his boat for an Independence Day getaway. With relaxing on his mind, he left without noticing that his wallet fell from his pocket. When he realized it was gone, and returned to the gas station looking for his missing cash and credit cards, he found only video of the man who stole everything.
The thief, a black male, was a passenger in a silver, four-door Honda. The video doesn't give a clear image of the thief but if his friends and family watch it they will recognize him or the Honda. The car's windshield wipers were broken and the right front fender was dented where it meets the passenger door.
It's been nearly a month and the wallet hasn't been returned, so it appears the suspect hasn't looked for the wallet's owner.
If you can identify the thief, click the "Solve This" button below, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and might be eligible for a reward.
07/23/2018 – Crash and Grab
When you absolutely, positively need it overnight...you find a store that stays open all night. Unless you're a criminal, that is. Criminals just smash their way into a building when they want something from a closed store. In the case of Generator Supercenter on West Frank in Lufkin, the smashing involved driving a car through the glass wall at the front of the building.
The burglary occurred late night July 03 or early morning July 04, and resulted in nearly $50,000 in damage and theft loss. After driving through the glass wall and crashing into a large generator, which was propelled across the showroom, the criminals stole two Generac pressure washers (model number G0069210).
Auto parts left at the scene indicate that the vehicle driven into the showroom sustained significant damage, damage that wouldn't have been easy to hide or repair in secret. Investigators are working with the recovered auto parts to determine the year, make, and model of the vehicle used. Their initial findings point to a white Kia.
If you can identify the criminals involved in this burglary, or know what happened to the stolen pressure washers, submit a tip through Crime Stoppers by clicking the "Solve This" button below, using Crime Stoppers’ app, or calling (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and might be eligible for a reward. Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous, crime-solving tips that provide information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.
07/09/2018 – Take Out
In June, Angelina County Sheriff's Deputies began investigating the burglary of Triple L Ranch House BBQ, located at the corner of FM 706 and Highway 69 North. They were alerted to the crime by an employee who arrived at work to find a door open and the cash register missing.
The cash register, broken open and relieved of its cash, was recovered from a nearby wooded area. The restaurant's security cameras were disabled but not before they captured some video of the burglars. Beyond revealing that two men committed the crime, the videos didn't provide enough detail for positive identifications to be made. When the investigators checked the camera of an automated teller machine in the restaurant's parking lot, they discovered a video that should, with help from the community, lead to the identification and arrest of the criminals.
Crime Stoppers included the ATM video and posted it at facebook.com/639TIPS. Reward money is available for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that identifies the burglars and provides case-solving information.
If you can identify either burglar or provide information regarding other crimes they've committed, click the "Solve This" button below, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and 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 concerning information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement. Given the quality of the ATM video in this case, you'll probably need to act quickly to be the first to identify the burglars.
06/29/2018 – Smash & Grab - Best Buy
At 3:30 AM June 29, two burglars forced entry into Best Buy in Lufkin. To get inside, they smashed the glass entry doors and pried open the security shutters.
Four minutes was all they needed to grab iPads, iPhones, Apple Watches, and Galaxy phones. With more than a dozen items stolen and the damage caused to the building, the burglars cost tally exceeds $2,000 a minute.
Wearing gloves might have kept them from leaving fingerprints and covering their faces might have slowed down the identification process, but someone knowns who committed this crime and that person can submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers and possibly collect a reward in the process. Video of the crime is included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS.
If you know the burglars or can direct investigator to the stolen property, click the "Solve This" button below, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS. Calls and tips DIRECTLY to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous, crime-solving tip that provides information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement might be eligible for a reward.
05/21/2018 – Abandoned
Not everyone has what it takes to be a pet parent. Taking responsibility for a four-legged companion's health and well-being simply is too much for some to handle. Thankfully, animal shelters, like Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter (cityoflufkin.com/ac), are ready and willing to assist when the physical, time, or financial burdens become too much. Yes, the shelters would prefer we all take more time to think through animal adoptions before acting so there isn't a need to surrender a pet, but they are there to assist when necessary.
What the shelters, law enforcement, and society won't stand for is animal abuse or abandonment, and Crime Stoppers wants you to help identify the person who last week left a caged dog to die on the side of the highway.
The cute canine you see here was abandoned near Pete's Place Restaurant on Old Highway 69 South. She was locked in a light-blue, metal wire kennel without food or water. A passing motorist found her and contacted Angelina County Sheriff's Department.
Animal Control Officer Wade transported her to Angelina Animal Hospital where she was examined and vaccinated. Once medically cleared, she went to Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter. She has been spayed and is available for adoption.
If you know who abandoned this animal, or know to whom she once belonged, click one the "Solve This" button below, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call (936) 639-TIPS. Officer Wade said she expects to file criminal charges against the person or persons responsible for this abandonment. Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.
04/16/2018 – Not So EZ
January 24, Crockett Police Department responded to EZ Stop convenience store, located at 501 West Goliad Avenue, to investigate a robbery, and that investigation continues today.
The robbery occurred just before 10:00 PM on a well-traveled road and the store's security cameras captured images of the robbers. Although the robbers covered their faces, someone had to have seen them fleeing the scene or knows that they committed the crime. So, when Crime Stoppers offered anonymity and a reward for information regarding the suspects' identities, we expected that tips would assist the investigation. That hasn't happened so we're again asking you to help investigators put these dangerous people in jail.
The first criminal through the door was described as having a slender build, wearing black pants and a dark-color hoodie, and carrying a black backpack with white trim. The other one was heavier than the first and was wearing a black hoodie and grey sweat pants. Both covered their faces, wore gloves, and were armed with handguns.
They forced an employee to empty a cash register and drop safe into the backpack and then they fled on foot from the store. A vehicle was not seen. Images from the store's cameras are included here and posted at facebook.com/639tips.
If you want to claim the reward, submit the first anonymous tip that identifies the robbers and helps investigators make arrests. Tips are accepted only through this website (by clicking the "Solve This" button below), through Crime Stoppers' app, or by phone (936-639-TIPS). Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.
04/09/2018 – Get Paid
Texas is awesome. This is true for many reasons but for Crime Stoppers it's the protections afforded for tipsters that make this a Great State. Crime Stoppers exists in every state of the U.S. and in at least in 24 other countries but Texas leads the way in protecting tipsters and in clearing the way for Crime Stoppers to operate.
Under Texas laws, a person may commit a crime if they intentionally or knowingly divulge the identity of a Crime Stoppers tipster. Crime Stoppers needs the information you have regarding crimes and criminals, not your name. Locally, we take that one step further by paying rewards only for anonymous tips. Not offering rewards to tipsters who identify themselves ensures a tipster's identity is never known and cannot be revealed to anyone. The importance of anonymity cannot be overstressed. You will be anonymous unless YOU tell someone that you submitted a Crime Stoppers Tip.
If there is any drawback to keeping tipsters anonymous, it's on the rewards end of the system. Crime Stoppers pays rewards, in cash, for anonymous, crime-solving tips and Texas laws make convicted criminals provide the funds for those rewards but tipsters must follow up with Crime Stoppers to receive a reward. Crime Stoppers doesn't have a tipster's name, address, phone number, or even their computer/phone IP address, so the tipster has to call back, use the app, or go online to check their reward eligibility.
For crimes occurring in Angelina, Houston, or Trinity County, Crime Stoppers accepts tips through this website (Submit a New Tip), through its app (Download Here), and by telephone (936-639-TIPS). A software program assigns each tip a number and password and that tip number and password are the only way for Crime Stoppers to locate a tip and pay a reward.
03/26/2018 – Not Forgotten and Unrestricted Reward
March 24, 2017, Franklin Donald Cox, a 73-year-old Rivercrest resident, was murdered and Angelina County Sheriff's Office investigators have worked for twelve months trying to identify the killer (or killers). After repeated requests for the community's help, the case remains unsolved.
Whether you knew Franklin Cox or not, if you know anything about the case you have a responsibility to assist in getting his killer(s) off the streets. Crime Stoppers can help you get information to investigators without you having to speak to a peace officer, without you having to testify in court, and with no one ever knowing you helped. Plus, if the information you provide leads to an arrest, Crime Stoppers might pay you a reward—in cash.
When crimes, particularly murders, go unsolved for an extended period, some suggest the offered reward be increased but Crime Stoppers did not put a limit on the reward amount for crime-solving information regarding Franklin's murder. Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization run by a board of directors, none of whom are law enforcement officers, who volunteer their time to the crime solving and crime prevention program. The amount of each Crime Stoppers reward is determined by the board of directors and based on several factors, including; the type of crime(s) solved, the number of persons arrested, and the investigatory value of the information provided. Regardless of the size of the reward authorized, many tipsters choose not to collect their reward, seeing Crime Stoppers as a means of doing their civic duty without becoming openly involved in an investigation.
Someone knows who killed Franklin Cox. If that person will submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers—click the "Solve This Murder" button below, or use Crime Stoppers' mobile app. You might see other requests for assistance with this case but remember, ONLY calls and tips DIRECTLY to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and ONLY anonymous, crime-solving tips that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement are eligible for a reward.
Be a Crime Stoppers
Crimes occur around us everyday. We don’t notice some and we ignore others but crime is a community problem that can only be addressed with the community’s help.
We convince ourselves that, since our coworker’s purse was stolen or our neighbor’s house was burglarized, we have no reason to be involved in addressing the problem. When we have information about a crime, we fear becoming a target by reporting to the police what we know. We fear the public scrutiny or social media backlash that might follow our name being listed in a police report or our testimony in court.
Crime Stoppers exists to assist law enforcement in solving and preventing crimes and accomplishes these tasks by overcoming the apathy and fear that inhibit community involvement. Even if you cannot see how we all suffer the effects of crime, Crime Stoppers’ reward offer can help restore your interest in helping solve a crime. Crime Stoppers addresses the fear barrier by offering you a means to provide crime-solving information without identifying yourself.
Texas laws protect Crime Stoppers tipsters and Crime Stoppers does not know the names of tipsters, so a tipster’s identity can not be revealed to law enforcement.
Many crime-solving tips are generated through this weekly article. While the article usually profiles a specific crime, Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips concerning any crime or wanted felon in Angelina, Houston, or Trinity counties. Without your anonymous tip, a crime might go unsolved. Get involved.
Information provided through Crime Stoppers’ telephone tipline (936-639-TIPS), this website (Submit a Tip), or mobile app is anonymous - no one will ask you for your name or your contact information. An anonymous tip leads to the arrest of a felony offender might be eligible for a reward.
Angelina County Animal Abuse Tips
Crime Stoppers accepts tips on animal cruelty in Angelina County.
The Crime Stoppers board of directors approved an initiative to crack down on animal fighting and pets and livestock being subjected to life-threatening conditions. In order for the system to work, Crime Stoppers Executive Director JB Smith said people have to respect its purpose.
“Crime Stoppers and Animal Control officers can’t do anything about your girlfriend putting costumes on your cat, or about your neighbor not wrapping his Chihuahua in a chinchilla sweater before going out on a 70-degree day,” Detective Smith said. He added that tips regarding “pet parenting” will clog the system and might hinder the process for information about animal-related crimes.
Smith also warned not to use Crime Stoppers to report an in-progress emergency. “Ensuring anonymity”, Smith said, “takes time so, in an emergency, contact law enforcement directly.” He used a pet locked in a hot car as an example of an inappropriate time for submitting a Crime Stoppers tip.
For now, Crime Stoppers can accept animal-related tips for Angelina County cases. Those that occur outside Angelina County will need to be reported the respective law enforcement agency in that jurisdiction.
Animal abuse tips will be treated no differently than traditional Crime Stoppers tips and rewards will be determined using the same guidelines.
If you discover neglected pets or livestock, witness someone abusing animals, or have information that will help stop animal fighting, contact Crime Stoppers by calling 936-639-TIPS, clicking one of the Tip buttons on this page, or using Crime Stoppers’ app. Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.
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.
You’ve heard of Crime Stoppers but what do you know about it? Let’s debunk three misconceptions about the program.
The first, and most common, misconception is that Crime Stoppers is, or is part of, a law enforcement agency. Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization run by a civilian (volunteer) board of directors. The program exists to help law enforcement fight crime but Crime Stoppers does not investigate crimes, make arrests, or accept crime reports from victims.
JB Smith, executive director of Crime Stoppers of Lufkin, said; “when it comes to being a witness or helping the police, some people are fearful or just don’t want to get involved”. He said Crime Stoppers overcomes this by offering cash rewards and guaranteeing anonymity.
Another misconception is that tipsters have to give their name to collect a reward. Smith said this is never the case and that tipsters who do reveal their identity are not eligible for a reward. He stressed that anonymity is more than a promise. “It’s the law,” Smith said, “it can be a crime to reveal the identity of a Crime Stoppers tipster”.
The third misconception is that Crime Stoppers will only accept information concerning crimes profiled by the program. Smith encourages anyone with information regarding any unsolved felony crime or wanted felon to contact Crime Stoppers. He said the program profiles as many crimes as it can but will accept tips about any crime.
If you can provide information concerning an unsolved felony crime or the location of a wanted felon, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click one of the Tip buttons on this page, or use Crime Stoppers’ P3 Tips app. Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.
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. 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.