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06/12/2017 – Theft by Deception

Tricking someone into giving away property that should be paid for is as much a crime as any other form of theft.  To paraphrase the Texas Penal Code; a person commits theft if they intentionally create a false impression of fact that is likely to affect the judgment of another person in a transaction.  This type theft is often seen in quick-change and pre-paid credit card scams; the latter is what happened in this week’s Crime of the Week.

The video included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS shows three thieves tricking a Walmart cashier into loading money onto pre-paid credit cards without receiving payment.  The suspects are a black male and two black females and anyone who knows them should be able to identify them from the video. 

The scam goes something like this; ask for funds to be added to a pre-paid card, swipe another credit card as payment, cancel the payment, tell the cashier that the payment processed but there is a problem with the system, and convince the cashier to enter an override code to complete the transaction.  They were able to do this eight times for a total of $4,000.

The suspects were proficient at scamming the store and likely have performed the same act elsewhere.  You might view this crime as someone sticking it to a big corporation but keep in mind that theft-related expenses are passed along to customers; it’s like they took money from your pocket.

If you can identify any of the thieve, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the "Solve This" button below, 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 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.



Crime Stoppers

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.



UPDATED 06/14/2017 – WANTED

Holiday weekends are a great time to catch up with family and friends.  They are also a great time to gather a little intel on those friends and family who are wanted for various crimes.

If your weekend barbeque included unintentional encounters with criminals, you might be able to turn your discomfort into cash.  Submit an anonymous tip that helps law enforcement locate and arrest a wanted felon and you might be eligible for a cash reward from Crime Stoppers.  The reward offer exists whether Crime Stoppers profiled a person’s felony warrants.  As of May 29, 2017, Angelina County law enforcement officers were looking for Milan Ramon White Jr. and Damien Antoine Scruggs.  At the time of this update, Scruggs is still wanted for felony warrants but Milan White is in custody.

Milan White (AKA: Milo) was wanted on a felony warrant for the offense of Robbery and for a probation warrant related to his conviction for the offense of Aggravated Assault (with a deadly weapon).  Milo was arrested in June 14 by officers who responded to a disturbance call on Kirksy Drive in Lufkin.

Damien Scruggs is wanted on a felony probation warrant related to his conviction for the offense of Assault (family violence) and Injury to a Child.  Scruggs also is wanted in Sabin County, Texas on another probation warrant related to a drug possession conviction.

Scruggs is a 25-year-old black male who stands 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds.  He has tattoos on both arms, “Money Money Money” tattooed on the right side of his neck, and a musical note tattoo on the left side of his neck. The image included here was taken when Scruggs was booked into jail September 14, 2016.  His last known address was on Sayers Street in Lufkin and he has family in Lufkin.

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.

If you know the current 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 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, 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.



05/22/2017 – Tantrum

Have you ever fantasized about all the ways you could get back at someone who parked so close to your car that you had to crawl in through your passenger’s side door?  Whatever schemes you’ve thought of, never resort to violence or vandalism because either are likely to end in your arrest and could make you the focus of a Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week.

The video included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS shows a woman’s tantrum in the parking lot of Walmart in Lufkin after finding that another customer had parked too close to her SUV.  Instead of waiting for the other driver to return or going inside to find them, she decided to beat on the car.

The suspect is a white female and witnesses said she was driving a silver or gray Toyota RAV4.  When she saw the Pontiac G8 parked on her driver’s side, she retrieved an unidentified object from inside her SUV and expressed her frustration.  Using a two-handed grip on the object, she repeatedly struck the car.  She broke both tail lamps and side mirrors, and marred the windows and headlamps.  After two passes around the Pontiac, she crawled across the passenger’s seat of her RAV4 and drove away.  

It seems that the suspect had enough room to stand between her RAV4 and the G8 while swinging something but, for some reason, she didn’t think she could enter through her driver’s door.

This crime happen two months ago and the video is poor quality but there is no mistaking what the woman did and the grainy footage of her inside the store is enough for someone to identify her, especially for a chance at a reward.

If you can identify the vandal, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the "Solve This" button below, 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 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.



05/15/2017 – Nuances

Everyone, including those who choose to ignore the law, understands that theft is a crime.  What some, particularly the criminals, don’t understand is that theft laws in Texas are nuanced and that the slightest differences in the manner or by whom a theft is committed can change the punishment.  As an example, consider an April 1, 2017, case from Angelina Hardwood Mill in Lufkin involving the theft of a winch.

On the surface, the crime appears to be five men stealing a piece of equipment.  Were it that simple, the value of the winch, $500, would make the offense punishable as a Class B misdemeanor.  It’s not that simple though.  Since they climbed onto a trailer and unbolted the winch, the offense changed from Theft to Burglary of a Vehicle and the punishment changed from a Class B to a Class A Misdemeanor.  But wait, there’s more.  Because the five criminals worked in combination to steal the winch, they can be charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and that is a state jail felony offense.

Investigators would like a chance to explain to the thieves how they went from facing up to 180 days in a county jail to potentially having to serve two years in a state jail and pay a $10,000 fine.

Video of the winch theft is included here and available at facebook.com/639TIPS.  It’s not the highest resolution video but someone will recognize the thieves and could be rewarded for helping the investigators find them.

If you can identity any of the thieves, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the "Solve This" button below, 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 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.



05/11/2017 – ATV Thefts

Diboll Police Department is looking for stolen ATVs and the person(s) who took them.  Last week, a 1999 Honda Foreman S was taken last week from CS Fence in Diboll and the investigating officers suspect that the same thief/thieves are responsible for a theft last night of a Polaris Ranger RZR from Xtreme Collision in Burke. 

At the time of this posting, Crime Stoppers did not have images of the stolen Polaris.  The images included here are of the 1999 Honda and show that it has, or had at the time to was stolen, black ITP SS212 wheels, Super Swamper Vampire tires, and a Costa Del Mar decal on the back.

If you know who stole either of the ATVs, or know the current location of the stolen vehicles, submit a tip to Crime Stoppers by calling (936) 639-TIPS, clicking the “Solve This” button below, or using Crime Stoppers’ P3 Tips app.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and information that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.



04/24/2017 – $60K in Two Nights

Few of us can claim to gain $60,000 after working only two nights but that’s because we’re not thieves. Even for thieves, stealing that much in such a short time is unusual but two criminals did it in Lufkin.

Around 1:00 AM the mornings of March 10 and April 17, travel trailers were stolen from a dealership on North Medford Drive in Lufkin.  Video from the dealership shows that, on both occasions, two people in a truck, possibly men, cut the lock to a gate and towed away travel trailers.  The truck appears to be a four-door, long bed, four-wheel-drive Ford F250 or F350 with a suspension lift, a Ranch Hand-style bumper with grill guard, nerf bars, and a large, bed-mounted toolbox.  The low light video makes it difficult to determine the color of the truck but it is a dark color and it might have black wheels.

During the March theft, the criminals took a 2017 Revere bumper-pull travel trailer valued at more than $20,000.  In April, they took a white, black, and tan Evergreen I-GO bumper pull travel trailer worth nearly $40,000.

The speed with which the thieves operated suggests that they have experience.  At a minimum, experience using and towing travel trailers and likely experience stealing them.

Portions of the videos are included here and available at facebook.com/639TIPS.

If you can identify the thieves, know who owns the truck, or know what happened to the stolen travel trailers, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the "Solve This" button below, or use Crime Stoppers’ P3 Tips app.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and information that leads to an arrest or the recovery of the trailers 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.



04/18/2017 - Nacogdoches Forgery

Nacogdoches Police Department needs help identifying a forgery suspect.  

March 16, a Nacogdoches business reported that the woman shown in these photos passed a counterfeit check.  The woman was wearing a “Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen” shirt but investigators determined that the restaurant is NOT her place of employment.  At the time of the offense, she was a passenger in a white Chevrolet Tahoe.

If can identify the suspect, call Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers at (936) 560-INFO, click the “Solve This” button below, or use Crime Stoppers’ P3 Tips app.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and information 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.



UPDATED 04/18/2017 – Do-It-Yourself Thieves IDENTIFIED

Having the skills necessary for handling your own construction projects will make you the envy of many and might help you earn you a good living.  Whether you’re doing home improvement, commercial construction, or gardening, home improvement and hardware store help simplify your shopping by putting just about anything your project requires under one roof.  There is, however, one type of do-it-yourselfer these stores don’t want to see; the ones who take what they want without paying.

March 14, three men went to The Home Depot in Lufkin.  Like many other male customers, they went directly to the tools section and found the items they couldn’t leave without, loading their cart with knives, multitools, drills, and saws.  They split up on their way to the cash register; one, wearing boots and shorts, pushed the cart full of tools, another, who is blading on top and has a bushy beard, headed to their vehicle, and the third one, who couldn’t stop scratching himself, hung around the cashier to distract her.  When the one with the cart hurried out the door without stopping to pay, the cashier notified other employees but the do-it-yourself thieves made it to their vehicle and fled with their ill-gotten tools.

The vehicle they used appears to be a white, single-cab, two-wheel drive Chevrolet Silverado, a 1999 to 2002 year model.  It was driven by a fourth person who wasn’t seen in the store.

Portions of the store’s security videos are included here and posted at Facebook.com/639TIPS

MULTIPLE ANONYMOUS TIPS IDENTIFIED SUSPECTS IN THIS CASE. THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES AND CHARGES HAVE NOT BEEN FILED BUT, AT THIS TIME, ADDITIONAL TIPS ARE NOT REQUIRED. CRIME STOPPERS WILL POST UPDATES AS SOON AS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE.

If you provided an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers regarding the identify of these thieves, follow the tip follow up instructions you received or click the Tip Follow Up button near the top of this page.

This case might be solved but Crime Stoppers may pay a reward for information that solves another felony crime or arrest of a wanted felon. If you know the current location of a fugitive felon or have information regarding an unsolved felony crime, 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 information 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.



04/11/2017 - Houston County Murder

Houston County Sheriff’s Office requests assistance with their investigation into the 2016 death of Christopher Moore Angerstein, a 22-year-old Latexo resident.

Investigators believe the on May 24, 2016, during the early morning hours, Chris was assaulted in the city of Grapeland, Texas. The assault resulted in head trauma and, ultimately, Chris’ death. 

If you can assist investigators with this case, you may contact Houston County Sheriff’s Office at (936) 544-2862.  Anyone wishing to provide information regarding Chris’ death while remaining anonymous and being eligible for a reward should submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers by calling (936) 639-TIPS, clicking the "Solve This" button below, or using the P3 Tip app.

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.



04/10/2017 – Theft is a Crime

Not all thefts involve large sums of money but all thefts are crimes. Frequently, thefts are as simple as property mistakenly left in a public place being stolen rather than returned.

Taking someone else’s misplaced property, without their consent and with intent to deprive them of it, is theft. When dealing with mobile phones, like in this week’s case, the punishment can include extended jail time and large fines, even for first time offenders. Phones are expensive to replace and they store everything about us. We use our phones to hold personal information, usernames and passwords, and credit cards; phone thefts can result in identity theft and related crimes.

This week’s theft occurred a month ago at Dollar Tree on Timberland Drive in Lufkin. The victim left his phone at the register and another customer hid it in her buggy and left the store.  Video of the theft is included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS.

Crime Stoppers has assisted in solving several of these misplaced property thefts and a common assumption is that the suspect took the property hoping to return it to the owner. The suspect in this case hasn’t found the owner yet so she might appreciate you helping Crime Stoppers connect her with an investigator.

Whether this was an opportunistic theft or a failed attempt to do the right thing, you can help the victim recover his property and Crime Stoppers has a monetary incentive to encourage you to do so.

Before anyone complains about the seriousness of the crime, know that we can handle many crimes and tips at once. If you can solve a “more serious” crime, submit an anonymous tip and you might earn a reward.  Also keep in mind that these so-called “minor” crimes impact all of us through price increases and reduction in quality of life.

If you can identify the suspect, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the "Solve This" button below, or use Crime Stoppers’ P3 Tips app.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and information 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.



04/03/2017 – Hard Glass

What does it say about criminals when several of them have the same bad idea when picking their crimes?  

March 04, three burglars smashed the glass door of Radio Shack in Lufkin and stole nearly $7,000 worth of electronics.  March 23, another burglar targeted a well-lit electronics store with visible security cameras to steal traceable mobile phones in a community that has proven it will work with Crime Stoppers to identify criminals.  The crimes might not be connected but one could be forgiven for questioning the intelligence of the criminals.

Video of the burglary, included here and available at facebook.com/639TIPS, shows a man struggling to break a glass door at Mobile Destinations in Lufkin.  He threw a chunk of concrete at the door a half dozen times.  Although the walls shook and the glass shattered, the door held together so he gave up on the concrete and kicked the glass until he was able to crawl through a small opening.

Once inside, the burglar took a Samsung tablet (Galaxy Tab) and phone (Galaxy S7 Edge) and a Motorola phone (MotoX Force).  Serial numbers will allow law enforcement to track down these devices if activated.  The two other items he stole were appropriately name “dummy phones” and learning that likely didn’t help his mood after the door debacle.

The burglar is a black male.  He wore a black hoodie and black pants that rode low and exposed his red underwear.  He wore light colored gloves and carried a light colored backpack on his chest for easy access when stuffing it with stolen property.

If you can identify this criminal or know what he did with the stolen electronics, submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers by calling (936) 639-TIPS, by clicking the "Solve This" button below, or by using Crime Stoppers’ P3 Tips app.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and information 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.



03/27/2017 – Don’t Touch

What mother didn’t tell her children to keep their hands to themselves?  What child didn’t hear; “look with your eyes, not with your hands”?  Whether he heard it or not, the suspect in this week’s Crime of the Week decided to put his hands all over someone else’s property and, in doing so, caused hours of work and a lot of money, and could have risked lives.

About 12:20 AM February 22, the suspect approached the PHI Air Medical helicopter on the helipad at CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial hospital in Lufkin.  Security video shows that he walked around the helicopter, touching most of the exterior surfaces, pulled on and turned the rotor blades, opened doors, and rummaged around inside the cabin.  An ambulance driving passed seems to have scared away the suspect; he walked away headed westbound on West Frank Avenue.

Portions of the security video is included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS but it doesn’t provide a clear image of the suspect; he arrears to be tall and slim and he was carrying a backpack.  Officers obtained fingerprints from the aircraft but they need to identify the suspect in order to make a comparison.

Since the flight crew had no way of knowing what the suspect did to the helicopter, a maintenance crew was brought to the scene to inspect the aircraft before it could be flown again.  The maintenance and downtime cost the company money but the suspects actions put the East Texas community at risk by reducing the number of life-saving air medical helicopters available at that time.

A couple of items were taken from the cabin so the offenses committed are burglary and criminal mischief.  If you can identify the suspect, submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers by calling (936) 639-TIPS, by clicking the "Solve This" button below, or by using Crime Stoppers’ P3 Tips app.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and information 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.



AN ANONYMOUS CRIME STOPPERS TIP HELPED OFFICERS FIND THE TRUCK USED IN THIS ILLEGAL DUMPING CASE.  THE CASE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION BUT THE TRUCK AND ITS OWNER HAVE BEEN LOCATED.

We go to church to unburden our hearts…well, so of us do.  Others look to the church as a physical location at which they can unburden themselves of costly waste.

At least twice, once in January and once in February, tires were dumped at Angelina Church of Christ on Tulane Drive in Lufkin.  Cameras at the church captured the illegal dumping and provide a good description of the vehicle used.

In the January videos, a truck is seen circling through the church’s parking lot and backing into an area where tires were dumped.  The truck appears to be a short-bed, single-cab Chevrolet Silverado with a few tires in its bed.  The body of the truck is painted a light color, possibly tan or pewter, but the hood is painted white.  The lower portion of the driver’s door is dented.  This dumping occurred about 2:45 AM January 05, 2017.

Apparently, the first round of illegal dumping went so well, the criminals decided to do it again.  Around 6:20 AM February 14, the same truck returned to the church but instead if Valentine’s chocolate the bed was overfilled with tires. The truck stopped at the back of the parking lot and its occupants rolled tires into the grass.

Portions of the videos are included here and are available at facebook.com/639TIPS

Since the videos show the truck’s bed holding more tires than were found at the church, it seems likely that the criminals dumped tires somewhere else.

If you provided an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers concerning this case, follow the tip follow up instructions you received or click the Tip Follow Up button near the top of this page.  Only the first, most accurate tip can be rewarded but that might have been your tip.

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.



03/13/2017 – Spring Breakers

It’s Spring Break and most of us are either traveling, working and wishing we were traveling, or staying home to watch the kids.  Whatever your plans, a little extra cash wouldn’t hurt and you might earn some by helping Crime Stoppers identify burglars and helping find the property they stole.

About 4:00 AM March 04, three criminals smashed the glass door of Radio Shack in Lufkin.  The crew crawled through the new opening and spent 30 seconds grabbing as many high-end electronic devices as they could, and then disappeared as quickly as they had arrived. 

A security camera inside the store captured the action.  The burglars appear to be young males and they all wore hoodies.  Two wore red hoodies and blue shorts while the third wore a blue hoodie and red sweat pants.  Two of them wore slide-style sandals, which don’t seem like proper attire for a fast getaway; blue-hoodie nearly walked out of his sandal.

During the 30-second crime, the store lost nearly $7,000 in merchandise.  Among the items taken were a Harman Kardon speaker, four iPhones, an iPad, three Samsung phones (two were Galaxy S7), an HTC phone, an LG phone, a Samsung tablet, and a pair of Ncredible headphones.  If the video doesn’t get the burglars caught, using, selling, or bragging about their newly acquired electronics will.

If you can identify any of the criminals or know what they did with the stolen merchandise, submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers by calling (936) 639-TIPS, by clicking the "Solve This" button below, or by using Crime Stoppers’ P3 Tips app.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and information 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.



02/03/2017 - Vehicle Burglary

Around 4:30 PM February 02, a man wearing a black and white hoodie burglarized a Dodge Nitro parked outside a dentist’s office in the 400 block of West Frank Avenue in Lufkin.  After smashing a window and opening a door, the criminal took a purse from the vehicle and fled on foot, headed eastbound toward North Bonner Street.  Video and images of the burglar have been posted several times and many names have been suggested for the burglar but, as of 7:30 PM February 03, the investigation is open and the criminal’s identity is still in question.

Crime Stoppers will accept tips regarding this burglary until the case is solved.  Regardless of where you find video, photos, and information concerning this crime, Crime Stoppers will not pay rewards for information provided through any source other than tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers via its anonymous telephone tipline, this website, or the P3 Tips App. Tips received after an arrest has been made by are not eligible for a Crime Stoppers Reward.  Tips concerning information previously provided to or known by law enforcement (or information posted on Facebook) are not eligible for a Crime Stoppers Reward.

If you can identify the suspect, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This” button below, or submit a tip using the P3 Tip app.

Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous, crime-solving tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers. Funds for Crime Stoppers rewards come from fees paid by convicted criminals.



Anonymous App

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.



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.