UPDATED 12/14/2017 – CASE SOLVED

Crime Stoppers received confirmation from investigators that the previously unidentified suspects in this burglary have been identified and no additional tips are needed. If you submitted an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers concerning this case, follow the tip follow up instructions you received, use Crime Stoppers' app or one of the "Tip Follow Up" buttons on this page. Only the first, most accurate tip received will be rewarded but that might be your tip so check the status.

 

ORIGINAL POST

December 06, four people burglarized a home on Register Court in Angelina County.  A camera inside the residence captured video of the crime and allowed Angelina County Sheriff's Department investigators to identify and arrest two of the burglars.  The arrestees might cooperate with the investigators but, even if they do, they'll likely leave out details about their crimes.  So, Crime Stoppers wants you to help the investigators and is offering a reward for the anonymous tip that leads to additional arrests or helps recover the stolen property.

In the video, portions of which are included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS, a female voice repeatedly says the name "Tony".  That name and a couple of video frames of a man looking directly at the camera helped the investigators identify Tony Dwayne Williams, Jr.  The investigators also identified Erika Danielle Gordon.  With warrants in-hand, Angelina County Deputies and Lufkin PD officers tracked down Williams and Gordon last Friday evening on Timberland Drive in Lufkin.  Both were booked into Angelina County Jail for Burglary of a Habitation.

**NOTE: Jail booking records for Gordon include the names ERIKE DANIELLE GORDON and ERIKA KAYE GORGON.


12/04/2017 – Wire Theft

Someone caused $100,000 in damage to Pine Valley Raceway and Crime Stoppers wants to reward the anonymous tipster who helps solve the case.

November 29, Angelina County Sheriff's Deputies received a report of damage to light poles at the racetrack, located on FM 2497.  Photos of the damage show that criminals opened ten light poles and cut the wiring inside each but the photos don't tell the whole story.  The copper wire connecting the ten poles was pulled from conduits and stolen, leaving the racetrack's owner to deal with repairing the damage and replacing the several thousand feet of wire.

Although it is possible this was a targeted attack on the racetrack, greed and drug use usually are the reason this type crime.  Copper wire, once stripped from its casing, is a valuable metal and it has become commonplace for drug users to steal it from homes, businesses, construction sites, and, in this case, from functioning utility poles.

Crime impacts all of us and someone always knows who was involved.  If you have information regarding this crime, don't wait for the criminal to turn you into a victim.  Submit a Crime Stoppers tip that helps investigators make an arrest and prevent future crimes.

If you can identify person, or persons, responsible for this theft and damage, submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers by clicking the "Solve This" button below, downloading Crime Stoppers' mobile app, or by calling (936) 639-TIPS, no one will know who you are.

Texas laws protect Crime Stoppers tipsters; calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.  To further ensure a tipster's identity is never known, Crime Stoppers pays rewards only for anonymous tips.  Tipsters who identify themselves or provide information directly to law enforcement are not eligible for payment from Crime Stoppers.



11/27/2017 – Unsolved Murder

Crimes occur everyday and, for most of us, life goes on.  Unless you're directly connected to a crime, your memory of it fades.  You might forget about it entirely or remember it as being less severe than it was.  For the victims and their families, and the investigating law enforcement personnel, the memory of the crime remains long after everyone else has moved on.  This is particularly true for unsolved crimes, like the murder of Darrence Kindle.

November 03, Darrence, a 31-year-old Lufkinite, stopped at Dollar General on Kurth Drive in Lufkin for cigarettes; something he did on a regular basis.  Before completing his purchase he was murdered by a masked man attempting to rob the store.  Four seconds after entering the store, the masked-robber fired a single shot, striking Darrence's head.  Video of the murder shows that the killer didn't flinch as the shot was fired or when Darrence fell to the floor.  Instead, he turned his attention and gun to the store clerk.  Because Darrence's debit card transaction was still in progress, the clerk was unable to open the register and meet the killer's repeated demands for money.  After fiddling with his handgun in an apparent attempt to figure out how to shoot the clerk, the killer rummaged through Darrence's pocket and fled on foot from the store.

As of this posting, Darrence's killer has not been arrested.  Even with less than a month passing, our memories of the crime are changing.  Rumors and social media comments have some believing Darrence's death was something other than a random act.  While it might make you feel better to think he was targeted, to think you wouldn't have been the killer's victim if in the same place at the same time, there doesn't appear to be evidence to support it.

Darrence Kindle was a customer in a store that was being robbed by someone with no concern for human life and any one of us could have suffered his fate.  Investigators will not give up on this case but they need help to solve it.  Crime Stoppers has reward available for the anonymous tip that identifies the murderer and helps investigators put him in jail.

Video from the store is included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS

The image quality is poor and the murderer was wearing a hoodie and a Halloween mask but someone knows who he is.  Investigators described the killer as young, slender, light-complected black male, roughly 5'10" tall, wearing a dark-colored hoodie, light-colored basketball shorts, red shoes, gloves, and a green Halloween mask.

You never know what piece of information, no matter how small, will help solve a case.  Speak up if you have any details regarding the murder of Darrence Obrian Kindle.  Submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers by clicking the "Solve This" button below, downloading Crime Stoppers' mobile app, or by calling (936) 639-TIPS, no one will know who you are.

Texas laws protect Crime Stoppers tipsters; calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.  To further ensure a tipster's identity is never known, Crime Stoppers pays rewards only for anonymous tips.  Tipsters who identify themselves or provide information directly to law enforcement are not eligible for payment from Crime Stoppers.



11/20/2017 – Holiday Safety

Crime Stoppers wants you to enjoy Thanksgiving and stay safe when Black Friday shopping, and you taking an active part in becoming a less appealing target for criminals will help ensure both.

Secure your home and you'll worry less when away.

  • An up-to-date home inventory will help in the event of a burglary; using your phone's camera is a quick and effective way to record the serial numbers and detailed descriptions of your belongings.
  • Timer-operated lights, radios, and televisions turning on and off at random intervals can create the appearance that someone is home.
  • Unlocked doors and windows and an unused alarm system serve no security purpose; lock all doors and windows and turn on the alarm every time you leave home.
  • When you leave home for an extended period, ask your local law enforcement agency to patrol of your residence.

Black Friday deals are great but saving a few dollars does little good when your car is burglarized, your purse is stolen, or your credit card is lost.

  • Never leave your purchases visible in your unoccupied car.
  • Park only in areas with adequate lighting; it might be dark when you return to your car.
  • Keep purses and wallets on your person and hold them securely at all times.
  • Limit the amount of cash and credit cards you carry to prevent losing everything if your purse or wallet is lost or stolen.
  • Quickly spot and report fraud by comparing your receipts to your credit card statement.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and immediately report suspicious people.

Call your local law enforcement agency or dial 9-1-1 to report in-progress crimes.  To provide information about unsolved crimes and wanted felons while remaining anonymous, click one of the Tip buttons on this page, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS.



11/17/2017 – Stolen Travel Trailer

Angelina County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for a reportedly stolen travel trailer and the man accused of taking it.

November 07, the owner of the fifth-wheel trailer reported that she posted on Facebook an offer to sell the trailer and a buyer contacted her.  She said Kenneth Ray Stanley, a white male she identified from Facebook posts and photos, and a white female came to inspect the trailer and the three of them entered her residence.  Once inside, she said, she and Kenneth agreed on a price and signed a bill of sale and he paid her cash.

The owner said Kenneth later reentered the residence to retrieve his vehicle key, leaving the owner and Kenneth's female companion outside.  When Kenneth and the woman left, the owner reported that the bill of sale, cash, and her mobile telephone were missing from her residence.

At the time of this posting, CRIME STOPPERS IS NOT AWARE OF A WARRANT FOR THE ARREST OF KENNETH RAY STANLEY RELATED TO THIS CASE but the trailer was reported stolen and investigators are looking for it and Kenneth.  Aside from the included photo, model number "27RK" is the only description Crime Stoppers has for the trailer.  Kenneth and his companion might have ties to the Grand Saline, Texas area.

If you can provide the current location of the travel trailer or know how the investigators can reach Kenneth Ray Stanley, click the “Solve This” button below, download Crime Stoppers' mobile app, or call 936-639-TIPS.  An anonymous tip that leads to the recovery of the stolen trailer might be eligible for a reward.



11/13/2017 – Wanted: Amanda Marie Anderson

Angelina County law enforcement officers are looking for Amanda Marie Anderson.  Anderson is wanted on probation warrants and you might be eligible for a cash reward if your anonymous tip is the first one to help officers locate and arrest her.

Anderson is a 35-year-old white female who stands 5’01” tall and weights approximately 110 pounds.  She was sentenced to probation following convictions for multiple felony offenses of Credit Card Abuse and multiple felony offenses of Forgery.  Anderson violated the terms of her probation and warrants have been issued for her arrest.

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 this, or any, wanted felon, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click one of the Tip buttons on this page, or use 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.

Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips regarding any wanted felon in the Deep East Texas area.  If you use Crime Stoppers’ telephone tipline, website, or app, you will be known only by a tip number.  Texas law protects Crime Stoppers tipsters and to ensure a tipster does not reveal their identity, Crime Stoppers pays rewards only for anonymous tips.



10/30/2017 - Refugio Gonzalez Escobedo, Fugitive

Angelina County Sheriff’s Office continues its search for fugitive Refugio Gonzalez Escobedo (AKA: Cucco).  Escobedo was on Crime Stoppers radar in September but has eluded capture and the Sheriff’s Office holds a warrant for his arrest for the offense of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

The arrest warrant stems from a disturbance that occurred around 1:00 AM September 17 in the 200 block of Fair Oaks Circle.  When deputies arrived at the scene, they found one victim who had been shot in their leg.  Witnesses identified Refugio Gonzalez Escobedo as the shooter but said he fled the scene prior to the deputies’ arrival.

Escobedo is a 41-year-old Hispanic male who stands 5’06” tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds.

Warrant announcements sent to area law enforcement officer warned that “Escobedo should be considered armed and dangerous”.

If you know the current location of Refugio Gonzalez Escobedo, you might earn a cash reward by submitting an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published. Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest. NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.

If you can provide the current location of Refugio Gonzalez Escobedo, click the "Tip: Escobedo" button below, download Crime Stoppers’ mobile app, or call 936-639-TIPS. An anonymous tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.  Only calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and eligible for a reward.



10/23/2017 – Where’s My Reward?

Crime Stoppers uses fees paid by convicted criminals to reward anonymous, crime-solving tips.  In Angelina County alone, Crime Stoppers pays about $15,000 in rewards each year but that amount could be greater if all eligible tipsters followed up on their tips.

For crimes occurring in Angelina, Houston, or Trinity County, Crime Stoppers accepts tips by telephone (936-639-TIPS), online (639TIPS.com), and through our app.  A software program assigns each tip a number and password so the tipster’s identity is never known.  The tip number and password are the only way for Crime Stoppers to locate a tip and pay a reward.

Some tipsters never claim their reward because they mistakenly believe Crime Stoppers will contact them but that is not possible.  If you provided information to Crime Stoppers and the information resulted in an arrest, stolen property recovery, or drug seizure, follow the instructions you received when submitting the tip, click one of the Tip Follow Up buttons on this page, or use the Crime Stoppers’ app.

Texas laws protect Crime Stoppers Tipsters.  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.  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.

The importance of anonymity cannot be overstressed.  You will be anonymous unless YOU tell someone that you submitted a Crime Stoppers 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.  For each crime only the first, most accurate tip can be rewarded



10/16/2017 – Forgers

Investigators in Lufkin and Huntington are looking for forgers, the same forgers, and Crime Stoppers has reward money available for the right anonymous tip that helps solve the cases and put the criminals in jail.

The forgeries occurred in May of this year at two Huntington State Bank branches.  In both crimes, two men cashed checks, allegedly issued by a law firm, and walked away with several thousand dollars each.

The banks’ security cameras captured excellent video of the forgers and showed that an unseen third person drove the men to the banks in a dark, possible black, 2016 or 2017 Ford Explorer.  While the video will help prove that the men committed the crimes, investigators first need to identify them, and that’s where you can help.

Included here and posted at Facebook.com/639TIPS are portions of the banks' videos.

If you can identify either of the criminals, or think you know who was driving the Ford Explorer, click the “Solve This” button below, use Crime Stoppers’ mobile app, or call Crime Stoppers at (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.

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.



10/13/2017 - Burglar Wanted

Houston County Sheriff’s Office requests assistance locating a burglar.

As of October 13, Alfred Craig Wells is wanted for Burglary of a Habitation.  The arrest warrantwas issued in connection with the burglary of a Houston County home that occurred September 26, 2017, and involved approximate $15,000 worth of property loss. 

The 34-year-old Wells is believed to be staying in the Houston area and is a suspect in other Houston County burglaries and thefts.

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 Alfred Craig Wells, contact Crime Stoppers by clicking the “Tip: Wells” 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.

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’ 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.



10/10/2017 – San Augustine Thefts

Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers does not routinely operate in San Augustine County but thieves don’t stop at the county line so neither will we.  At the request of investigators, we’re offering a reward to assist in solving a theft case.

The theft occurred between October 05 and 07, 2017, in San Augustine County and involved several thousands of dollars worth of farm and ranch equipment.  The stolen equipment in shown in the photos included here and posted to our Facebook page.

If you can identify the thieves or know the current location of the stolen equipment, click the “Solve This” button below, use Crime Stoppers’ mobile app, or call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest or the recovery of the equipment 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.



10/09/2017 – Cash Store Robbery

It’s been nearly two months since two men robbed Cash Store, a loan business on South Timberland Drive in Lufkin, and the suspects have not been caught.

The robbery occurred in the middle of the day August 19 and Crime Stoppers released video of the crime (included here and posted to Facebook) but no one has been able to identify the robbers.  The video shows two men, one black and one Hispanic, who spoke to a female employee about the loan process before displaying a handgun and demanding money from a cash register.

With the Hispanic male watching and threatening her, the employee complied with their demands by emptying the register into a sack.  The black male turned his attention to a male employee, forcing him at gunpoint to open and empty the safe.

The men fled on foot from the store and crime scene techs have not yet been able to identify them from fingerprints collected at the scene.  The employees described the black male as being six feet tall and stocky, with short hair covered by a “doo rag” and said he had some facial hair.  He was wearing a maroon shirt and blue jeans.  They described the Hispanic male as being five and a half feet tall and skinny, wearing a white t-shirt and black baseball cap.

Investigators have not disclosed how much cash was taken.

Social media comments regarding the video focused on a vehicle parked in front of the business.  The only occupant of the vehicle was interviewed; they were not involved in the robbery.

If you can identify either robber, click the “Solve This” button below, use Crime Stoppers’ mobile app, or call Crime Stoppers at (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.

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.



10/02/2017 – Frequent Felon

Crockett Police Department officers are looking for Tyrone Bernard Mack.  He’s wanted for felony theft and Crime Stoppers wants to pay a reward for the anonymous tip that helps put him in jail before he steals again.

Tyrone Mack, also known as Michael Jerome Mack and by the last names Thompson and McGowan, is a 46-year-old black male from Huntsville who stands 5’07” tall and weights approximately 165 pounds.  Jail records indicate Mack has been arrested many times for offenses occurring around the East Texas area.  His arrests include Evading Arrest, Theft, Theft by Check, Organized Retail Theft, Robbery, Organized Criminal Activity, and Aggravated Assault against a Public Servant.  His numerous prior theft convictions will increase the penalty for his most recent crime, a theft from Walmart in Crockett that occurred at the beginning of September.

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 Tyrone Bernard Mack, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Tip: Mack” button below, or download 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.  Crime Stoppers pays rewards only for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



09/25/2017 – Wanted: Alejandro Barrera Bustamante

Angelina County law enforcement officers are looking for Alejandro Barrera Bustamante.  He’s wanted on probation warrants and you might be eligible for a cash reward if you submit an anonymous tip that helps officers make an arrest.

Bustamante, also known as Alejandro Barrera, is a 24-year-old Hispanic male from Lufkin who stands 5”06” tall and weights approximately 185 pounds.  He was sentenced to probation following convictions for four offenses; Evading Arrest, Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility, Driving While Intoxicated, and Driving While Intoxicated with a child passenger.  Bustamante violated the terms of his probation and warrants have been issued for his arrest.

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 this, or any, wanted felon, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click one of the Tip buttons on this page, or use 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.

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.



09/19/2017 – Prepaid Theft

Crocket Police Department investigators need to identify two woman involved in the theft of more than $4,000 worth of prepaid credit cards from Walmart. The thefts occurred September 08 and the store’s cameras captured good images of both suspects.

As with any unsolved felony crime, Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for an anonymous, crime-solving tip but don’t hesitate if you want a chance at the cash because these two shouldn’t be too difficult to identify and only the first, most accurate tip can be rewarded.

If you can identify either 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.



09/18/2017 – Crockett Burglary

Crime Stoppers wants to reward the anonymous tip that helps Crockett Police Department solve a burglary.

The crime occurred around 10:00 PM September 14 at Collins Tractor, located on East Loop 304 in Crockett.  CPD Officers responding to an alarm found that the building had been forcibly entered.  The burglars fled prior to the officers’ arriving.

Cameras inside and outside the building captured parts of the burglary.  Crime Stoppers received clips of the video, included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS, that show three men approach the business on foot and one of them hurrying through the building carrying a chainsaw.  An inventory check revealed more than a dozen Stihl and Husqvarna brand chainsaws missing.

The investigating officers believe the criminals used a window punch to shatter the glass portion of the entry door.  With the glass out of the way, the three burglars entered the building and carried away chainsaws.  Given the number of chainsaws stolen, it seems likely the suspects had a vehicle nearby.

Investigators are working to identify the suspects and locate the stolen property, and you might earn a reward from Crime Stoppers by submitting an anonymous tip that helps bring the case to a close.

If you can identify the burglars or know what happened to the chainsaws, click the “Submit a Tip” button below, use Crime Stoppers’ mobile app, or call 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.



09/11/2017 – Trailer Thieves

We should be able to leave our homes for the weekend and return to find everything where we left it.  In fact, we should be able to leave our homes and vehicles unlocked and not have to worry about thefts.  Unfortunately, thanks to a small segment of our society, that fantasy world does not exist—it never has—and we have to stop living as though it does.  Crime Stoppers profiles a crime every week that proves this point, and this week is no different.

Our victim left their Lofton Street home in Lufkin July 27 with their cargo trailer parked next to the residence.  They returned July 30 to discover the trailer missing.  Initially, investigators knew only that the trailer is a black, 20-foot, 2014 Sundowner Sunlite, and that someone took it during a four day period.  Weeks later, a video of the theft surfaced.

The victim’s residence backs up to Kurth Drive and a camera monitoring the parking lot of a business on the other side of Kurth also sees the rear of the victim’s property.  That Saturday, July 29, the camera captured ten minutes of what Crime Stoppers hopes is case-solving video.  The video shows two people in a truck back up to and drive away with the victim’s trailer.

The video doesn’t provide much detail about the thieves but clearly shows they were driving a white, possibly 4-wheel-drive, four-door Ram (Dodge) truck with chrome bumpers and wheels.

If you can identify the thieves or know what happened to the trailer, click the “Submit a Tip” button below, use Crime Stoppers’ mobile app, or call 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.



09/08/2017 – Saddle Thefts

Angelina County Sheriff Office is investigating multiple thefts of saddles and related tack, and needs your help to identify the thieves and recover the property.

The thieves hit three areas in the last 90 days, stealing nearly $20,000 worth of saddles and other tack, including saddle bags, pads, and blankets.  The reported thefts occurred from horse barns and locked storage sheds on FM 3150, FM 326S, and Royce Oliver Road but it’s likely that other locations have been effected but not reported.

The images included here show some the stolen property.

Be cautious about buying used saddles and equipment from individuals you don’t know.  Under Texas laws, knowingly receiving or possessing stolen property is a crime.  Be rightly suspicious of the person trying to sell anything for a fraction of its actual value.  If you suspect that you have purchased stolen property, contact your local law enforcement agency.

You might see other requests for assistance with this case but remember that 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.

If you can identify the thieves or know what happened to the stolen saddles and tack, click the “Submit a Tip” button below, use Crime Stoppers’ mobile app, or call 936-639-TIPS.  An anonymous tip that leads to an arrest or the recovery of the stolen property might be eligible for a reward.



09/05/2017 – Tractor Theft

Angelina County Sheriff Office is investigating a tractor theft and can use your help to identify the thief and locate the tractor.

The tractor, a 2017 Kubota model M5660SUHD tractor, was last seen around 8:00 PM September 04 at a residential construction site in the 6700 block of on Highway 103 West (west of Lufkin).

The stolen tractor looks similar to the image included here but the image is just an example of a Kubota M5660SUHD.  The stolen tractor is orange, had a frontend loader  has a canopy, and its serial number 51900.

You might see other requests for assistance with this case but remember that 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.

If you can identify the thief or know what happened to the tractor, click the “Submit a Tip” button below, use Crime Stoppers’ mobile app, or call 936-639-TIPS.  An anonymous tip that leads to an arrest or the recovery of the stolen tractor might be eligible for a reward.



09/04/2017 – Impatient

When we, the normal human beings, have wait for assistance at a business, we wait, we find an employee, or we leave.  If we’re really frustrated about the wait, we might even complain to a manager.  We don’t steal whatever it was we intended to buy and it’s difficult for us to imagine someone who would.

If you’re having a hard time picturing someone so impatient that they would steal rather than wait, watch the video included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS.

The video is from August 11 and shows a man enter Insta-Cash Pawn in Lufkin with money in his hand, apparently intent on buying jewelry.  He suffered through almost two minutes without any assistance before deciding to take the self-service route.  He slid open the display case and selected a diamond ring but didn’t leave right away.  He stood at the case counting his money for an entire minute waiting on an employee to let him pay, in case anyone witnessed this theft, and when no one came he left with the ring and his money.

Crime Stoppers didn’t receive any video showing the thief’s face but someone will recognize him or the Ford Fusion he drove and they’ll want the reward Crime Stoppers has for the first, most accurate tip that leads to his arrest.  Hopefully, the person he gave the ring to will see the video and return the ring because knowingly keeping stolen property is Theft.

If you can identify the thief or know what happened to the ring, click the “Submit a Tip” button below, use Crime Stoppers’ mobile app, or call 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.



08/28/2017 – Wash and Rob

Most of us don’t except to be robbed while washing our car on a Monday night but that’s exactly where one man found himself two weeks ago.

The victim told police that he was at a carwash in the 500 block of South Chestnut Street in Lufkin when he was approached by a man with a handgun. The robber, described as a black male wearing a gray shirt and brown shorts, pointed the gun at the victim and demanded money. When the victim said he had none on him, the criminal threw the victim to the ground and then forced him into his own vehicle.

After driving them a short distance, the robber grabbed the victim’s wallet and got out of the car, threatening the victim by saying he had his driver’s license, knew where he lived, and knew what he drove.  With the armed man out of his car, the victim jumped into the driver’s seat and sped away, stopping to call the police once he felt safe.

Responding officers did not find the robber but obtained video from the carwash (included here and at facebook.com/639TIPS).  Investigators hope that someone who knows what happened will see the video, which is posted at 639TIPS.com, and realize the danger this criminal poses to our community.  If that’s you, say something.  Use Crime Stoppers to provide the information anonymously and you might be eligible for a reward.

If you can identify the robber or have any information that will help solve this case, click the “Submit a Tip” button below, use Crime Stoppers’ mobile app, or call 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.



08/21/2017 – Unsolved, Not Forgotten

La’Kendrick Simmons was murdered December 11, 2008, in Trinity, Texas and his killer has not been caught.  Someone knows who committed this murder and refusing to help investigators is unacceptable.

With more than 8 years and 8 months passing since La’Kendrick’s death, its hard to know what, exactly, happened that night.  Among the few things we know for certain are that a 19-year-old man was shot dead in his girlfriend’s home and his killer has not answered for it.

You never know what piece of information, no matter how small, will help solve a case.  Speak up if you have any details regarding the murder of La’Kendrick Simmons.  Submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers if you’re afraid of retaliation but do you’re part to get a killer off the street.  If you call Crime Stoppers telephone tipline (936-639-TIPS) or use Crime Stoppers’ website (submit a tip) or mobile app, no one will know who you are.

A sense of civic duty, compassion for a mother’s loss, and concern for the community have not led anyone to help solve this case, so Crime Stoppers is offering to pay a reward for the anonymous tip that leads to an arrest in this case.

Texas laws protect Crime Stoppers tipsters; calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.  To further ensure a tipster’s identity is never known, Crime Stoppers pays rewards only for anonymous tips.  Tipsters who identify themselves or provide information directly to law enforcement are not eligible for payment from Crime Stoppers.



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.



07/03/2017 – 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.



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.



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.