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01/17/2017 - Houston County Escapee

January 14, 2017, Houston County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to an in-progress burglary and arrested Trevor Michael McClain (a 23-year-old white male).  During the course of the investigation, McClain, who was handcuffed, was able to exit a patrol vehicle and flee into a wooded area. An exhaustive search by the Deputies did not locate McClain.  The Sheriff's Office holds a warrant for McClain's arrest for the offense of Burglary and is seeking a warrant for the offense of Escape.  McClain has been known to stay in the Crockett and Grapeland areas.  The included image of McClain was taken following a 2012 arrest for Criminal Mischief.

If you know the current location of Trevor Michael McClain, submit an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip by calling (936) 639-TIPS, clicking the "Tip: McClain" button below, or using the P3 Tip app (iTunes | Google Play).  Crime Stoppers may pay a reward for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to McClain's arrest.

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.



01/17/2017 – Can’t Have Nice Things

When shopping, are you ever annoyed by the sensor tags and the security cables that prevent you knowing how something looks when worn or functions when not tethered to a wall?  What about when you want to try out a new phone or computer before spending your money but realize the display unit is fake; isn’t that irritating?  If so, you can thank the thieves and vandals that take or destroy so much merchandise that businesses have to inconvenience the rest of us just to keep operating costs low enough that they can keep their doors open.  Help solve this week’s Crime of the Week and you’ll have identified one of the criminals who keep the rest of us from having nice things.

Around 4:00 AM New Year’s Day, a bald man wearing a black Adidas jacket and gray sweatpants entered Walmart in Lufkin and made his way to the electronics section.  There, he attempted to steal a Lenovo Yoga laptop computer by removing it from its security cable.  The expensive, yet fragile, laptop was destroyed in the process.  Seeing that he could no longer benefit from taking the Yoga—no one wants a broken computer—he switched his attention to a another computer.  That one, a red laptop from Dell, he was able to detach from its security cable.  

With the stolen device in hand, the thief walked out of the store.  You won’t be surprised to learn that he left without paying for the computer he took or the one he damaged.

The business provided an image of the suspect and Crime Stoppers knows that someone will be able to identify him.  If you are that someone, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This” 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.



01/04/2017 – Stolen Guns

Angelina County Sheriff’s Office investigators need help solving a vehicle burglary that resulted in the theft of several guns.

December 28, a Ford F-150 parked at Marion’s Ferry boat ramp was forcibly entered and three guns were stolen from it.  The unidentified burglars smashed the window of the driver’s door and took a shotgun, a rifle, and a derringer pistol.  The guns were concealed beneath clothing but that didn’t fool the burglars.

  • Browning 12 gauge semi-auto shotgun with a wood stock, gold trigger and ribbed barrel
  • Browning 270 semi-automatic rifle with light colored wood stock and 3.5x10x50 Leopold scope
  • Cobra derringer 9MM, double-barrel, blued handgun

If you can identify the burglars or know the location of the stole guns, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click one of the “Solve This” button below, or use Crime Stoppers’ P3 Tips app (iTunes | Google Play).  Crime Stoppers may pay a reward for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest or the recovery of the stolen guns.

Calls and tips DIRECTLY TO CRIME STOPPERS are anonymous and 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.



UPDATED 01/02/2017 – SUSPECT IDENTIFIED - Christmas in July

The desire to steal is a rather selfish trait, so it’s more likely than not that your Christmas gifts either came from the North Pole or were paid for with hard-earned money.  For those who knew they were facing a lump of coal in their stocking, theft might have seemed like a viable option.

The suspect in this theft went “shopping” in a Lufkin store and left wearing the merchandise.  The crime actually occurred in July but until today, and without the help of anonymous Crime Stoppers tips, the investigators had not been able to identify the suspect.

The video, included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS, shows a man browsing for a while and then entering the fitting rooms with several shirts and a pair of pants.  Store employees claim the man exited wearing the pants and three shirts but it’s not clear from the video that he had on multiple shirts and he looked to be wearing his own clothes.  A closer inspection of the video revealed that the pants and outer shirt were the same color and style as what he wore to the store but he was wearing one of the Polo brand shirts he took to the fitting room.

Before leaving without paying, he stuffed his own clothes onto a shelf.  An employee tracked him with the store’s cameras but, with the items he stole looking so similar to the clothes he wore in, they weren't sure a theft had occurred until they recovered the wadded up clothes he left and confirmed they were used.

Multiple anonymous tips identified the same man as the suspect in this case.

The investigating detective much verify the suspect's identity before filing the appropriate criminal charge but, at this time, additional tips are not necessary.  Only the first, most accurate tip received can be rewarded and a reward cannot be authorized until the case is closed and the suspect arrested.

If you submitted a tip, follow the tip followup instructions you received or click the "Tip Follow Up" button above.

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.



12/26/2016 – Buffet Burglars

Over the night of December 18, someone burglarized Grapeland Cafe, a restauranton Highway 287 North in Grapeland.  It’s difficult for any business to succeed and restaurants have an even harder time but the difficulties are compounded for a restaurant in a small community, so the Cafe doesn’t need the added headache of thieves.

The burglars found a little cash inside the building and they took meat from the cooler.  Stealing the meat likely will be what gets them caught.  Even if no one witnessed the crime and if the criminals don’t bragged about it, someone will have noticed a friend or family member with meat that they couldn’t, or wouldn’t, have purchased and that looks like it came from a restaurant.  An anonymous tipster who helps identify the burglars might receive a belated gift from Crime Stoppers.

Like most crimes, the effects of a business being burglarized can be felt by more than just the owners.  The property damage and lost supplies cost money, which can mean less profit for operating the business, less money for paying employees, and higher prices for customers.  If the reviews are any indication, the community enjoys the restaurant and wants to see it thrive, and solving this crime is a step toward that goal.

If you can identify the burglars, 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.



12/22/2016 – Wanted Person, Morris Road Burglary

Angelina County law enforcement officers are searching for RANDY LEON TRAPP.

According to an Angelina County Sheriff’s Office investigation, at approximately 9:00 AM December 16, a man, unidentified at that time, kicked open the door of a residence on Morris Road in Diboll but fled from the scene when he encountered resident, a fifteen-year-old.  The witness’ description of the criminal and a photo of the criminal’s vehicle assisted in identifying Trapp.

December 21, ACSO Deputies obtained a warrant for the arrest of Randy Leon Trapp for the second degree felony offense of Burglary of a Habitation.  

Trapp is a 32-year-old white male with brown hair and green eyes; he stands approximately 6-feet-2-inches tall and weighs approximately 205 pounds.  The included image of Trapp was taken more than two-years ago.  At the time of the burglary, Trapp was described as having “scruffy” facial hair and he was driving a white, four-door, 2016 Toyota Corolla displaying Texas license plate HXH6336; the vehicle had damage to its rear bumper.  The included vehicle photo is of Trapp’s vehicle and was taken at the time of the burglary.

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.

Investigators are also attempting to identify a white female companion of Trapp known by the first name “Kathy”.

If you know the current location of Randy Leon Trapp or can provide identifying information for “Kathy”, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click one of the “Solve This” button below, or use Crime Stoppers’ P3 Tips app (iTunes | Google Play).  Crime Stoppers may pay a reward for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to Trapp’s arrest.

Calls and tips DIRECTLY TO CRIME STOPPERS are anonymous andCrime 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.



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/639TIPS) 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.



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.



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 witness someone stealing donations from this, or any charity, immediately contact the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction.