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03/20/2017 – Holy Rollers

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 can identify the illegal dumpers, 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 (iTunes | Google Play).  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.



03/13/2017 – 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 (iTunes | Google Play).  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.



02/27/2017 – Tony Hadnot-Isidore

Crime Stoppers wants to reward the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to the arrest of Tony Hadnot-Isidore, a fugitive wanted in Angelina County on two felony warrants.

As of February 27, Tony Hadnot-Isidore is wanted on a felony probation warrant and a felony theft warrant.  The probation warrant is related to his arrest and conviction for possessing identifying information belonging to victims of vehicle burglaries.  The other warrant is connected to the theft of property from a residence where he was allowed to spend the night.

In 2013, two cars were burglarized in the drop-off lane of a daycare; a child was still in one car.  Someone witnessed one burglary and Lufkin PD officers arrested Hadnot-Isidore while he was in possession of property taken from the cars.  He was sentenced to eight years probation, and one of his current warrants is for violating that probation. 

In October of 2016, Hadnot-Isidore spent the night with an acquaintance and stole, and later sold, the person’s game console, games, and movies. During the theft investigation, another victim identified Hadnot-Isidore as a likely suspect in two residential burglaries; charges have not been filed in those cases and the stolen electronics, ATV, and gun have not been recovered.

Angelina County Probation Officers recently attempted to arrest Hadnot-Isidore at his mother’s house but he eluded capture by jumping from a window and fleeing the scene.  

Tony Hadnot-Isidore is a 25-year-old black male who stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds.  The image included here was taken following a July 2016 arrest for Assault (Family Violence), Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Tampering with Evidence.

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 Tony Hadnot-Isidore, or if you can provide information that might lead to his arrest, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Tip: Hadnot-Isidore” button below, or use Crime Stoppers’ P3 Tips app (iTunes | Google Play).  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and information 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.



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 (iTunes | Google Play).

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.



01/30/2017 – Shoplifter

In Texas, the punishment for theft is determine by the type and value of the property stolen.  Theft of property valued at less than $100 is, in most cases, punished as a Class C misdemeanor.  Crime Stoppers profiles such crimes when it appears the offense ultimately will be punished as a state jail felony offense.  You see, the law provides a punishment enhancement for offenders with prior theft convictions.

Since practiced thieves tend to act different than first-timers, investigators have a good idea of the type thief they’re dealing with before they come to Crime Stoppers.  This suspect appears to have had practice.

Family Dollar employees alerted each other as soon as the suspect entered the Lufkin store.  They did not know his name but believed he had previously stolen from the store, so they treated him as a regular customer while trying to watch him.

An employee assisted the suspect by retrieving a tablet computer from a top shelf but attempted to keep the tablet at the register.  She was successful until distracted by helping an actual customer.  That’s when the suspect took the tablet and left the store.

The suspect is a black male and he was wearing a green, camouflage-pattern jacket and a black headband/ear-warmer. Video of the crime is included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS.

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 (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.



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.



12/05/2016 – 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.