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.



08/09/2017 - Stolen Tractor

Investigators are looking for a tractor that was stolen August 08 from the 900 block of Traylor Street in Lufkin.  The tractor is a blue 1984 Ford Model 6610 (serial number C700073) with a blue, Ezee-On loader (serial number FD6B33) and a silver, 6-foot Modern mower (serial number unknown).  The images included here show the suspect vehicle pulling a trailer loaded with the stolen tractor.  The suspect vehicle is a white, extended-cab, 4WD Ford F250 or F350 with large-diameter aftermarket wheels.

Investigators need to identify the thief/thieves and to determine the location of the stolen tractor.  If you can solve this crime, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This” button below, or use Crime Stoppers’ app.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest or the recovery of the stolen tractor.

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.



08/07/2017 – Probation Warrants

Summer is winding down and Crime Stoppers has a few opportunities for you to earn some back-to-school money.

Angelina County law enforcement officers are looking for several people 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.  The reward offer exists whether Crime Stoppers profiled a person’s felony warrants, or not, but as of August 07, 2017, four men are on the radar.  

Each of the four was convicted and sentenced to probation, violated the terms of their probation, and are wanted on felony revocation of probation warrants.

  • Juan Jose Garza (AKA: J.J.), 28 of Hudson, multiple offenses of manufacture or deliver a controlled substance (second degree felony)
  • Jamey Dion Roberson (AKA: Sugar Bear), 31 of Lufkin, possessing a controlled substance (third degree felony)
  • Darren Dewayne Thomas, 26 of Lufkin, possessing a controlled substance (state jail felony)
  • Jimmy Joe Saenz (AKA: James Martines), 37 of Lufkin, possessing a prohibited weapon (third degree felony)
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’ 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.



07/31/2017 - Do Your Part

We elect, appoint, and hire government officials to handle certain aspects of our lives but that does not relieve us of all responsibility.  We must do our part.  In the case of law enforcement, we, the citizens, have an obligation to assist in policing our communities.  We have a duty to support the crime solving efforts of those we appointed to enforce our laws.

Fear of reprisal might be, in some instances, a legitimate reason for not speaking directly to peace officers but there is no excuse for not using Crime Stoppers when you have knowledge that can help an investigation.  Texas laws protect Crime Stoppers tipsters; if you call Crime Stoppers or use Crime Stoppers’ website or mobile app, no one will know who you are.

The March 24 death of Franklin Donald Cox is an example of the need for a community to do its part.  Angelina County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe Cox, a 73-year-old Rivercrest resident, was murdered and they have worked for two months trying to identify the killer.  After repeated requests for the community’s help, the case remains unsolved.  Whether you knew Franklin Cox or not, if you live in Rivercrest you should want to get his killer off the streets and Crime Stoppers can help you make that happen.

If you can provide any information regarding the death of Franklin Donald Cox, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This” button below, or use Crime Stoppers’ mobile app.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest or the recovery of the stolen property 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.



07/24/2017 – Doggy Door Burglar

Investigators need help identifying the person(s) who burglarized a residence on Sherwood Drive in Lufkin.  Several guns were stolen and Crime Stoppers wants to pay a reward for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that helps investigators recover the guns and make an arrest.

The owners of the residence were out of town June 29 through July 01 and the burglar(s) gained entry by kicking open a doggy door and breaking the glass portion of a door.  The doggy door recorded the time it was opened and moments before a camera at the residence captured the image included here.  The photographed man’s involvement in the burglary has not yet been determined but the timing suggests that he’s a suspect.

Items stolen from the residence include guns, jewelry, and TVs.  The stolen guns were described as a Winchester Model 12 pump shotgun, a Beretta A400 12-gauge shotgun, a Yeldez over/under 20-gauge shotgun, a Remington 300-Win Mag, and an unnamed pistol.  So far, the items have not turned up in pawn shops.

Fingerprints collected at the scene will assist in linking the burglar(s) to the crime but Crime Scene Technicians need a suspect to make a comparison.

If you can identify the burglar(s) or the photographed man, or if you know what happened to the stolen guns and property, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This” button below, or use Crime Stoppers’ mobile app.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest or the recovery of the stolen property 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.



07/17/2017 – One Down, Three to Go

This week, Crime Stoppers release one video featuring four separate thefts, giving you an opportunity to collect up to four rewards. Soon after, an anonymous tip identified the first suspect; she hasn't been arrested yet so we won't include her name here. 

At the time of this update, the other suspects hadn't been identified, so you might still have a chance at a reward but you have to be quick since only the first, most accurate tip received can be rewarded.

Crime Stoppers prioritizes solving felony crimes but accepts anonymously submitted crime solving tips concerning all offenses.  Individually, we are more likely to be victims of the crimes many people consider “minor”, like theft, vehicle burglary, and fraud, than we are “major” crimes like murder, rape, and robbery, and solving minor offenses often can prevent future crimes.

With that in mind, this week's Crime of the Week video had four thieves that needed to be identified.  There is no indication that the four are connected other than having decided to steal the same type property.  The crimes occurred between November 2016 and June 2017 at locations around Lufkin and each involved the theft of a phone or similar device; two Samsung Galaxy phones, an Apple iPod Touch, and an Apple iPhone.  Looking only at the value of the property stolen, these crimes appear to be misdemeanors but prior theft convictions could mean the thieves will face felony punishment.

Included here, and posted at Facebook.com/639TIPS, is video of the unidentified thieves.  The security videos of the thefts are low resolution but you’ll be able to name the criminals if you know them and submitting an anonymous tip that identifies one of the offenders might earn you a reward.  The number of crimes solved by a Crime Stoppers Tip is one factor considered in determining the reward amount, so identifying more than one of the thieves improves your chances at a higher reward.

If you can identify any of the three remaining thieves in the video, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This” button below, or use Crime Stoppers’ mobile 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.

When submitting your tip, make sure to explain which of the four suspects you’re naming.  The crimes are numbered 1 through 4 in the video, so saying that you’re identifying suspect “2” will help us link your tip with the correct crime and get the information to the proper investigator.  Remember, suspect 1 has been identified.

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.



07/10/2017 – Counterfeit Money

Counterfeit money is, and always has been, a problem and it no longer is a skilled trade.  “Movie money” is readily available online and every office, and many homes, have the tools for printing fake bills.

Since the problem that isn’t going away, and chasing the individual criminals in an endless game of Whack-a-Mole isn’t making a dent, Crime Stoppers will try encouraging area businesses to properly train and equip their employees and encouraging employees to pay attention.

Few counterfeiters waste time making realistic-looking money, relying instead on rushing or distracting the receiver, so it isn’t, or shouldn’t be, difficult to catch them in the act.  Far too many businesses arm their employees only with counterfeit-detecting pens but those pens can return false positives and be fooled.  Ultraviolet detection devices are better than the pens but the best, and cheapest, option is to properly train the people who handle money.

The anti-counterfeiting features of U.S. currency are not a secret and if you know what to look for, and take your time, you won’t be tricked.  Everything you need to know to spot counterfeit currency can be found at uscurrency.gov.  If you need help, contact your local law enforcement agency or, if you’re in Angelina County, contact Detective JB Smith, executive director for Crime Stoppers (639TIPS.com/about).

If you encounter bogus money, immediately stop the transaction, hold onto your money, and contact law enforcement.

If you know anyone involved in producing or passing counterfeit money, you might be able to turn your knowledge into cash, genuine U.S. currency, by calling Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, clicking one of the "Submit a Tip" button below, or using Crime Stoppers’ mobile 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.



07/05/2017 – WATNTED: Xavier Alazae Deshawn Mitchell

Houston County Sheriff’s Office Investigators obtained arrest warrants for another of the home invaders who forced their way into a Houston County residence June 12 and terrorized the residents.

XAVIER ALAZAE DESHAWN MITCHELL is wanted for Aggravated Robbery and Indecency with a Child, and Crime Stoppers wants to reward the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to his arrest.  The image of Mitchell included here was taken more than a year ago and his appearance might have changed.  When the image was taken, he was 5'06" tall, weight 150 pounds, and lived on Jasmine Drive in Baytown, Texas.

According to Investigators, Xavier Mitchell was with Fabian Vazquez, Jay Barrett, and Jose Vazquez June 12 when the men kicked open the door of a residence in the unincorporated area of southern Houston County. Armed with a firearm and baseball bats, and looking for money and guns, the men stole electronics from the home.  During the robbery, Mitchell forced a female juvenile to disrobe and “sexually touched” her. 

At the beginning of the investigation, the investigators identified Jay Barrett and obtained a warrant for his arrest for the offense of Aggravated Robbery.  They asked for help locating Barrett and identifying the other suspects, anonymous Crime Stoppers tips soon provided the help they needed.  Tipsters identified Fabian Vazquez and Jose Vazquez, and directed officers to Jackson County, Kentucky where they arrested all three (Vazquez, Barrett, and Vazquez).

In addition to seeking Mitchell for the warrants, investigators want to find his girlfriend, ABBIE GARCIA.  At present, a warrant has not been issued for Garcia’s arrest related to the home invasion, but the investigators want to interview her regarding the crime.

If you know the current location of XAVIER ALAZAE DESHAWN MITCHELL or ABBIE GARCIA, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the appropriate tip button below, or use Crime Stoppers’ mobile 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 pay rewards in cash but ONLY for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



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.



07/06/2017 – Pilfered Pontoon

The owner of a pontoon boat that disappeared in November of 2016 hopes someone in Crime Stoppers’ audience can help him find his vessel.

If you’ve been in the Zavalla area or at any area marina since the first of the year, you’ve probably see the fliers offering a reward for helping recover the boat.  Since those fliers ask you to contact the owner or law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers tipsters must remain anonymous, we’ve asked the owner to take down the fliers while me try to help him and investigators look for the boat.  We assume that some of the owners’ fliers will be floating around for a while, so we must stress that ONLY CALLS AND TIPS DIRECTLY TO CRIME STOPPER ARE ANONYMOUS AND ELIGIBLE FOR A REWARD FROM CRIME STOPPERS.

The boat, a 21-foot, tan and maroon Sun Tracker, went missing around November 15, 2016, from a storage shed in the Sun-N-Fun addition off Highway 147 in Zavalla.  The included photo is the best the owner could provide.

Investigators searched all over East Texas, interviewed “persons or interest”, and even recovered a couple of other stolen boats while looking for this Sun Tracker but they’ve exhausted all leads and haven’t found the boat or the person(s) responsible for its disappearance.

If you know who took the boat or know its current location, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This” button below, or use Crime Stoppers’ app. Calls and tips DIRECTLY to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest or the recovery of the boat might be eligible for a reward.



06/26/2017 – Wanted: Johnnie Harvey

When a person has more than a dozen arrests over a period of two decades, it might not be surprising that they are again being sought by law enforcement.  Then again, you’d expect that a person would eventually learn their lesson.

Johnnie Christine Harvey, a 47-year-old white female, was arrested in 2009 for the offense Injury to a Child, Elderly Individual, or Disabled Individual.  The conviction was a third degree felony because it was committed intentionally or knowingly.  Angelina County judicial records show that she initially received seven years probation but that was extended by a few years following other arrests.  An order revoking her probation was issued after a May 2017 arrest for assaulting a female minor.

Harvey has had several addresses and has family members in Angelina County but her probation officers do not know where to find her to serve the revocation of probation warrant.  She might decide to turn herself in after seeing this request for help finding her.  You might be able to claim a cash reward by anonymously submitting a tip to Crime Stoppers that assists officers in arresting her before she surrenders.

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 Johnnie Christine Harvey, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Tip: Harvey” button below, 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’ 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.



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.



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.



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.