10/14/2019 – Yoga Instructor
Two weeks ago, Crime Stoppers released video of a truck being stolen from the parking lot of a church on Raguet Street in Lufkin. That truck was recovered days later but the thieves were unknown and they had gotten away with several thousand dollars in cash, credit cards, and hundreds of dollars worth of tools. Several anonymous tips identified possible suspects in the truck theft, and that part of the case is being investigated.
This week, Crime Stoppers has video of a woman—her clothes indicate she might be a yoga instructor—who investigators say fraudulently used a credit that was stolen with the truck. The video, from a Lufkin convenience store, was recorded several hours after the truck was stolen, but it's unknown how the woman came into possession of the card.
The first part of the video (included here, and shared across social media), is in bad shape—it looks like a 1980s music video—but shows the woman arriving at the store as a passenger in a white, four-door Chrysler. The video from inside the store clearly shows the woman and, if you know her, you'll have no problem recognizing her. You might be her friend and think turning her in would be unfriendly, but you have to realize that she's going to be identified. Whether it's you or another of her friends, someone is gong to attempt to claim a reward for helping solve the crime. You might as well be the first to do it; the process truly is anonymous, so she won't know it was you.
If you can identify the woman, submit a tip by clicking the "Solve This" button below, by using Crime Stoppers' app, or by calling (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous, crime-solving tip might be eligible for a reward.
10/07/2019 – Uneducated
Few criminals fall into the "smart" category. Most leave behind evidence or commit a crime from which they cannot gain, and that describes this week's Crime of the Week suspects.
September 24, three uneducated criminals forced their way into Lufkin High School and stole 19 laptop computers. They covered their faces, likely believing that would protect them from security cameras, but, apparently, didn't think to park their car out of sight or to conceal their physical appearances to prevent someone figuring out who they are. Their ignorance also shined through in their choice of loot. The computers they stole were Apple's MacBook Pro, which, like an iPhone, are tied to iCloud accounts and cannot be readily used without first being deregistered from the owner's account.
The investigating officers identified the vehicle used by the criminals as a gold, 2005 to 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix. Since Pontiac closed shop and fewer Grand Prix are roaming the streets, finding who owns the car might be the quickest way to solve the burglary.
Included here, and shared across social media (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube), is video from the school. If you know who committed the crime, know who owns the vehicle, or know what happened to the stolen property, submit a tip by clicking the "Solve This" button below or by calling Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that assist the investigation might be eligible for a reward.
With Crime Stoppers, the entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster—no one, not even Crime Stoppers, knows the identity of those who submit tips.
09/30/2019 – Truck Thief
August 16, a truck was stolen from a church on N Raguet St in Lufkin. The truck has been recovered but investigators need help identifying the thief.
Security cameras show two young men approaching the church on foot just before 1:00 PM and entering the building through an open door. Inside, they encountered construction workers and claimed to be hot and looking for water, although they were drinking from a cup when they arrived. The workers escorted the pair out of the building and watched as they left the property, one walking and the other riding a skateboard.
As they left, a man parked his Mazda pick up outside the church and went inside, leaving the truck unlocked and idling. A few minutes later, the skateboarder, now on foot and no longer carrying his skateboard, sped away in the truck. Stolen with the truck was several thousand dollars in cash, several hundred dollars worth of tools, and the victim's credit card. The following day, the credit card was used at Domino's Pizza and a Chevron in Lufkin.
August 25, Lufkin PD officers recovered the truck from the 200 block of Forest Park Blvd but it was unoccupied. Inside the truck officers found narcotics paraphernalia and other stolen property, including a purse and identification belonging to an unrelated female victim.
Included here and shared across social media (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube), you'll find video of the truck thief and both the males. Only one was seen inside the truck but identifying the other would help solve the case.
Below, you'll see a link for anonymously submitting a tip through Crime Stoppers. If your anonymous tip assists the investigation, you might be eligible for a reward. Only with Crime Stoppers is the entire process, from tip to reward, handled without identifying the tipster.
09/05/2019 – WANTED: TAURUS TREVION ROBERSON
Taurus Trevion Roberson is wanted in Angelina County for several offenses; Evading Arrest and Detention (Class A Misdemeanor), Theft of Firearm (State Jail Felony), and Evading Arrest and Detention with a Vehicle (Third Degree Felony). Angelina County Sheriff’s Department also is actively seeking Roberson as a suspect in several vehicle burglaries crime. Officers believe Roberson has ties to the Lufkin and Houston, and you might be able to collect a reward from Crime Stoppers by anonymously providing information that leads to his arrest.
The Sheriff's Department warned to deliberately aiding, hiding, or warning of impending discovery or otherwise hindering apprehension of a wanted person, could result in a person's arrest for the third degree felony offense of Hindering Arrest or Apprehension.
The image included here, and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS, is a year old but it is the most recent Crime Stoppers was able to obtain.
The listed warrant information was correct when published but may change before being read. Warrants must be verified before arrest. Do not attempt to apprehend this person yourself; Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.
If you know the CURRENT location of Taurus Trevion Roberson, click the "Tip: Roberson" button below, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call (936) 639-TIPS. You'll see other requests to assist in locating Roberson but only tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and reward eligible. Information that is already known to law enforcement cannot be rewarded.
09/02/2019 – Counterfeit Currency
Counterfeit money has existed since coins and paper currency came into use. These days, the issue is exacerbated by the availability of movie prop money but addressing it is not an insurmountable task.
While fake money is readily available, it's not difficult to spot. Most bills sold online are clearly marked with statements like "MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY," "TOY MONEY," or "COPY", and they don't feel like genuine U.S. currency. Those passing funny money rely on distracting the receiver, so we can combat the problem in our communities by slowing down and paying attention when handling money.
Counterfeit-detecting pens are not effective; they can return false positives and be fooled. Ultraviolet detection devices are a better tool but the best, and cheapest, option is to educate people who handle money. By properly training and equipping employees, businesses can stop counterfeiters in their tracks.
The anti-counterfeiting features of U.S. currency are not a mystery, the Secret Service has an entire website dedicated to the security and design features of genuine currency. Detecting a fake is only a matter of knowing what to look for and taking your time when handling money. Everything you need to know to spot counterfeit currency can be found at uscurrency.gov. If you're a business owner/operator in Angelina County and need help preparing your employees, contact Detective JB Smith, executive director for Crime Stoppers.
If you encounter suspicious money, immediately stop the transaction, hold onto your money, and contact law enforcement.
If you know anyone involved in passing counterfeit money, you might be able to turn your knowledge into cash, genuine U.S. currency, by clicking the "Report Counterfeiting" button below. Tips DIRECTLY to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.
08/26/2019 – Burglars and Thieves
Vehicle burglaries occur so often that many of us dismiss the crime as "minor" or blame the victim for not securing their vehicle or valuables. In truth, vehicle burglaries lead to other crimes; identity theft, gun crimes, home burglaries, and fraud all can result from a burglarized vehicle. This week, Crime Stoppers has another example of why we, as a society, cannot ignore the seemingly minor crimes or give an inch to the criminals.
August 15, someone entered a vehicle outside a residence in the 900 block of Edgewood Circle in northwestern Angelina County. Among the property stolen was a wallet containing the victim's debit card. Although investigators don't know who burglarized the vehicle, they did find video of the stolen card being used in Lufkin at a convenience store and at Walmart.
Included here and posted across social media (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube) is video of two men who should be easily identifiable by an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers. Both look young and wearing hooded jackets in the August heat. One has dreadlock-style hair and wore Puma brand shorts. Don't hesitate in submitting a tip. If you recognize the men, so will someone else and Crime Stoppers can pay a reward only to the first, most accurate tip that assists in solving the case.
If you can identify the criminals, click the "Solve This" button below, use our app, or call (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and a reward is available for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that helps solve this crime. The entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.
08/19/2019 – Whatarobbery
About 3:00 AM today, a man robbed Whataburger on North Timberland in Lufkin, and Crime Stoppers wants someone anonymously submit a case-solving tip and claim a cash reward .
The victims described the robber as a black male wearing a light-brown cap, a black rag over face, a camo-patterned long-sleeve shirt, a black sleeveless jersey with “3” on the back, an dark pants. He was carrying a small, black bag with a rope handle and displayed a handgun after giving an employee a written note stating;
“DON’T MAKE ME KILL YOU LISTEN OPEN UP THE CASH REGISTER GIVE ME ALL THE CASH I SWEAR I WILL BLOW YOUR FUCKING BRAINS OUT IF YOU TRY ANY SLICK SHIT TRY ME”.
He received money from the registers and fled on foot toward Locke Street (behind the restaurant). We'll post video of the crime if we receive it.
If you can solve the case, click the "Solve This" button below, use our mobile app, or call (936) 639-TIPS. You'll see other requests for assistance with this case but only tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and reward eligible. With Crime Stoppers, the entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.
08/13/2019 – Deadly Conduct
Around 3:15 AM today, Lufkin PD received a report of a vehicle burglary in progress at 109 Castlewood Circle, located off of Pershing Avenue. The homeowner reported being shot at by one of the burglars.
The homeowner said he woke to the sound of a small, possibly four-cylinder, car running near his house, and through a window saw an unknown man at the rear of his truck. He also saw the brake lamps of his neighbor’s car activate, indicating someone was inside the car.
The homeowner, who was unarmed because he left his gun inside his truck, walked outside to get a better look at the burglars. Seeing a second male jogging toward his neighbor’s car, he yelled at the criminals and, in response, one of them shot at him three times. The first bullet passed by the homeowner's head and another went through the windshield of his truck.
The homeowner dropped to the ground to prevent being shot; he was not injured during the incident. The burglars fled in the small car.
Both burglars were described as black males. One is approximately 6-foot tall and 225 pounds, and was wearing baggy clothes. The other is approximately 6-foot tall and 170 pounds, and was wearing a light-blue shirt and shorts.
This crime could have ended in the loss of a man's life and it should serve as a reminder to NEVER LEAVE GUNS IN YOUR CAR.
If you can identify the burglars, click the "Solve This" button below, use our mobile app, or call (936) 639-TIPS. You'll see other requests for assistance with this case but only tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and reward eligible. With Crime Stoppers, the entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.
08/12/2019 – Enough
Texans, particularly those of us blessed to live in East Texas, are a generous and forgiving people. If you need something, we'll help you get it. Hurt us and, after you've been punished, we'll get over it. Mess with our Chick-fil-A and...nope, that's a bridge too far. Included here is video of someone doing just that.
The video shows Chick-fil-A's drive-thru canopy being stolen from the parking lot of Lufkin Mall. Some of us just learned that the mall location has a drive-thru and now a criminal want's to take it away from us. We can't stand for it.
The camera was positioned far from the canopy, so the thief's face isn't seen, but there are enough clues in the video to allow someone to help solve the crime.
He, at least it appears to be a male, was a passenger in a small, light-colored car with a sunroof. He exited the rear, driver's side door before the car drove off camera, which indicates at least two other people participated in the crime; a driver and front seat passenger. After removing the nuts that secured the canopy poles to the concrete, he folded the canopy and carried it to the car.
Watch the video and, if you can identify the thief or know the location of the stolen canopy, click the "Solve This" button below, use our mobile app, or call (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and a reward is available for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that helps solve this crime. The entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.
07/22/2019 – Debit Card Fraud
Last week's discovery of card skimmers inside Lufkin businesses is a reminder to pay attention when using your debit and credit cards, and to monitor your accounts. Lufkin PD is investigating another fraud case, and you might be able to help solve it.
Earlier this month, several victims reported unauthorized withdrawals from their bank accounts. Investigators traced the fraudulent withdrawals to an ATM inside a Lufkin convenience store, and the video included here shows the man they believe is responsible. The video is short, and the suspect never removes his sunglasses, but someone will recognize the man. It might be his clothes, watch, or bracelet, the way he moves or his haircut, or everything together, but someone knows the man and will try to be the first to anonymously-submit a tip identifying him for a chance at a reward.
Since each victim was in possession of their debit card at the time of the withdrawals, it appears their numbers were stolen elsewhere, possibly through skimmers, and their cards cloned. There is no known connection between the withdrawals and the skimmers found last week but investigators have not ruled out a link.
If you can identify the suspect, click the "Solve This" button below, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call (936) 639-TIPS. Only tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous, and a reward is available only for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that helps solve a crime. The entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.
Fraud prevention Tips:
If a terminal looks suspicious, don’t use it and notify law enforcement.
Generally, credit cards are safer than debit cards; both offer fraud protections but fraudulent credit card transactions don't remove money from your bank account.
Monitor your account daily, not when your monthly statement arrives.
Turn on notifications and know when your card is used, the moment it's used.
Use technology. ApplePay, for example, generates a single-use card number for each transaction; if stolen, the number cannot be used again.
07/15/2019 – Welcome, Tyler County
It's official, Tyler County is part of Crime Stoppers.
Last year, Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, requested Crime Stoppers bring its crime prevention and crime solving resources to the residents of Tyler County. Crime Stoppers' board of directors instructed its executive director, Detective JB Smith, to assist Tyler County law enforcement agencies with unsolved crimes while evaluating the feasibility of incorporating the county into its service area.
The evaluation period was productive. Peace officers from each of Tyler County's law enforcement agencies received training on Crime Stoppers' history, purpose, operating procedures, and statutes. Several active and cold cases were profiled. And, presentations to citizen groups explained and promoted Crime Stoppers.
Last week, Det. Smith and Tyler County SO Deputy Casey Whitworth appeared before the Texas Crime Stoppers Council to, an advisory board for the Governor that certifies local crime stopper organizations, to request the expansion into Tyler County be approved and certified. Recognizing that bringing Crime Stoppers to Tyler County will benefit area law enforcement officers, citizens, and schools, the Council approved the expansion.
Regarding the expansion, Det. Smith said; "we've always tried to help the counties surrounding Angelina, and will continue to do so. Criminals don't stop at county lines and having Tyler County a permanent part of our recognized service area make sense."
Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit corporation operated by a civilian board of directors. Donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations support the organization, and fees paid by convicted offenders are used to fund rewards.
Information on unsolved crimes and wanted persons can be found on this website and across social media by following @639TIPS (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). Rewards are available for anonymous, crime solving tips but only if submitted directly to Crime Stoppers by clicking one of the Tip buttons on this website, using Crime Stoppers' mobile app, or calling (936) 639-TIPS). With Crime Stoppers, the entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.
06/17/2019 - Tyler County Burglaries and Thefts
Can you help Tyler County investigators solve a series of thefts and burglaries? If so, Crime Stoppers might have a cash reward for you.
April 11, someone burglarized a storage building on County Road 2780 near Colmesneil, stealing more than $14,000 worth of property. Among the items stolen were a Honda E3000 generator, a Stihl chainsaw, a Stihl string trimmer, a ground hunting blind, a game feeder, three dozen fishing rods, and tackle boxes each full of lures.
Over the night of April 18, at least six vehicles were burglarized in the Deerwood subdivision, located along Highway 69 south of Woodville. A silver, four-door car, that wasn't recognized by residents, was seen driving slowly through and stopping in the neighborhood. One person reported seeing a man get out of a silver car with “long tail lights,” walk to a residence, and return carrying several rifles.
May 23, in the Wildwood subdivision of southern Tyler County, five trucks were stolen and several more were burglarized. Along with the five trucks, firearms, computers, wallets, and cash were taken. The trucks were described as:
2017 Ford F250, white, four-wheel-drive, six-inch lift, black rims;
2017 Ford F250, silver;
2012 Ford F250;
2014 Chevrolet C2500, black, four-door; and
2015 Toyota Tacoma
The Toyota was recovered four days later, abandoned at a hunting club off FM 2827. Investigators are awaiting crime lab analysis of evidence collected from the vehicle.
If you can help solve these crimes, or any of the many other vehicle thefts and burglaries occurring in East Texas, click the "Solve This" button below, use our app, or call (936) 639-TIPS. Reward money is available for anonymous, crime-solving tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers. The entire Crime Stoppers process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.
06/02/2019 – Indecent Exposer
Crime Stoppers wants your help identifying a creep who exposed and touched his genitals in the presence of an employee at Walmart in Lufkin.
According to the police report, about 1:45 AM May 18, an unidentified black male approached a female employee stocking shelves in the infant products section of the store. He asked her where he would find training pants and she directed him to the correct isle. The employee returned to her work but the man didn't leave.
Instead, he watched the employee. When she realized he had exposed and was touching his genitals in a manner intended to gratify a sexual desire, she told a nearby employee what was happening. Seeing he was caught, the man ran away. The other employee went to the front of the store but the man was not found.
Included here, and posted to our @639TIPS social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube), is video of a slim-build black male entering and leaving the store. He was wearing a visor-style hat turned backwards and carrying a towel over his left shoulder. He came and went from the store on foot, and was last seen running across the parking lot in the direction of Taco Bell. According to the police report, the man shown in the video and in the image included here is the indecent exposer.
If you can identify the suspect, click the "Solve This" button below, use our app, or call (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous, and an anonymous, crime-solving tip might be eligible for a reward.
With Crime Stoppers, the entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.
05/27/2019 – Mobile Banking
Automated Teller Machines, ATMs, have been a convenient way to bank for more than 50 years. What began as a way to deposit funds into your account has become a full-fledged bank-in-a-box available everywhere, even in convenience stores.
This week's Crime of the Week case takes us to a convenience store, Loves, on Highway 59 North in Angelina County. There, around 3:00 AM on May 11, thieves took the term "mobile banking" to its extreme by stealing an ATM from inside the store.
Security video, included here and shared via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, shows a green or blue, four-door Ford truck stopping outside the entrance doors to the store and a thief wearing a red hoodie entering the building carrying a tow strap. He wrapped the strap around a freestanding ATM that was mounted near the doors. The other end of the strap was hooked to the truck, and the ATM was dragged out of the building when the driver pulled away. Once outside, and out of view of the cameras, the small ATM could be loaded into the bed of the truck.
Employees said two black males were involved, the one who entered the store wearing a hoodie and the driver of the truck. The truck, thieves, and ATM were last seen headed north on Highway 59.
Watch the video and, if you can solve the case, click the "Solve This" button below, use our app, or call (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous, and an anonymous, crime-solving tip might be eligible for a reward. Anonymity isn't Crime Stoppers promise, it's the the law.
04/22/2019 – Unsolved Robbery
With the help of Sheriff Bryan Weatherford and his Deputies, Crime Stoppers recently added Tyler County to its service area. This gives all Tyler County law enforcement agencies access to Crime Stoppers' crime-solving and crime-prevention tools, and Tyler County residents another way to assist law enforcement's fight against crime. To start, we're looking at older, unsolved cases that might benefit from extra publicity and a cash reward offer.
The first of these cases is a bank robbery that occurred July 02, 2018. Around 200 PM that day, three masked criminals, armed with handguns, robbed Texas State Bank in Chester. They wore metallic gold colored "scream" masks and forced employees, at gunpoint, to open cash drawers and an ATM before fleeing in a black Dodge Challenger.
Investigators traced the robbers getaway path along FM 1745 from Chester to FM 62, and located a security camera that captured an image of the car. They were headed toward Moscow but their destination, like their identities and their current whereabouts, remains unknown.
If you know anything that might help solve this crime, click the "Solve This" button below, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous, and an anonymous, crime-solving tip might be eligible for a reward.
Don’t hesitate to submit a tip. Only the first, crime solving anonymous tip can be rewarded and the entire Crime Stoppers process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.
04/16/2019 – Not the Brightest
Around 4:00 AM Sunday, April 07, thieves attempted to cut and pry their way into an ATM in front of Temple Inland Federal Credit Union in Diboll. They failed to get to the secured money container but Crime Stoppers has video of their attack of the machine with a cutting torch and a pry bar.
The rear seat passenger kept his face covered but the driver messed up, looking directly at the machine's security camera, and someone will recognize him.
The truck they used was a Ford F-150 but it had been stolen from Katy, Texas and was found, abandoned, in Diboll later that morning.
If you can identify the burglars, and car thieves, click the "Solve This" button below, use our 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.
The entire Crime Stoppers process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster. No one with Crime Stoppers or law enforcement will know who you are.
03/25/2019 – Deplorable
Last week we showed you thieves stealing from a charity. As despicable as that is, criminals can go even lower. For instance, investigators are trying to identify a man who burglarized and defiled a church.
Who would ever consider stealing from a church? If you're able to get over the moral issues with such an act, a church isn't a high-value target. Most of us tithe by check or electronic means, so you won't find much cash in a church, and organizations that operate on donated funds tend to be frugal, so you're not likely to find the newest equipment and electronics in a church. Burglarizing a church just doesn't make sense.
Whether it makes sense or not, Crime Stoppers has video a man who broke into First United Methodist Church on E Denman Ave in Lufkin. This occurred December 20 but the burglar hasn't been identified. Church staff noted only a few items missing, including a laptop computer, a power strip, walkie-talkie radios, a Texas A&M piggybank, a wagon, ginger-scented lotion, and about $5 cash. At some point during his hour-and-a-half inside the building, the burglar defecated on the floor. Thankfully, that portion of his crime was not caught on video.
You can watch the video here and at facebook.com/639TIPS. If you can identify the the burglar, click the "Solve This" button below, use our 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. The entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.
03/11/2019 – Possible Identity Theft
Angelina County Sheriff's Office investigators are trying to identify a man who might be involved in identity theft, and you could earn a cash reward by submitting an anonymous tip that helps them do it.
The investigation began at Fair View Mini Mart on FM 2108 in Lufkin with a gas drive off—filling a vehicle with fuel and driving away without making payment—but investigators believe the debit card used does not belong to the thief. The suspect provided the clerk a debit card to activate the gas pump. After filling his gas tank, he sped away.
The debit card he left behind was declined and might part of a larger fraud or identity theft crime. The last name on the card, “Carrell”, did not help the investigators solve the case so they asked Crime Stoppers to offer a reward to generate case-solving information from an anonymous tipster.
Video from the store shows the thief and his truck but he's was too far away from the camera to be clearly visible. Aside from knowing he is a white male, little else is known about him. His truck, a white, 2009 to 2014 year model Ford F-150, has clear front windows, tinted rear windows, and tan interior. It might have minor damage to its left front fender. At the time of the theft, someone was sitting in the front passenger seat, so there's a witness who could solve this crime.
Watch video of the thief and, if you can identify him, submit a Crime Stoppers tip that might put cash in your pocket and prevent someone else being a victim. Crime Stoppers accepts tips only through this website, our mobile app, and our telephone tipline (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.
02/25/2019 – Just a Thief
December 15, a burglar stole fuel and parts from vehicles stored at a business in the 3600 block of Ellen Trout Drive in Lufkin. This occurred two months ago, so the burglar probably thinks he got away with it but Crime Stoppers has video of the crime and knows that someone will want to help solve the case for a chance at a reward.
Security videos, included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS, show the burglar roaming the storage yard for three hours. Most of that time was spent syphoning fuel from vehicles into gas cans but he dropped the syphoning gear when he saw a 2001 Ford F-150 with tires and wheels he wanted. After finding a jack and tire tool, he raised the truck and stole the wheels.
The burglar is a white male with short-cut hair. He was wearing camouflage-patterned coveralls and drove a mid-1990s, single cab Ford F-150 with a toolbox in the bed and factory-style side steps.
If you can identify the burglar,, click the “Solve This” button below, download our app, or call us at (936) 639-TIPS. The entire Crime Stoppers process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster. Rewards are paid in cash but only for anonymous tips that are submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and provide crime-solving information not previously known by law enforcement.
11/05/2018 – Remember Darrence
November 03 was the one-year anniversary of the murder of Darrence Kindle. The case remains unsolved and until we, Darrence's neighbors, do our part, his killer will continue walking our streets.
Darrence was murdered during an attempted robbery of Dollar General on Kurth Drive in Lufkin. The killer wore a mask, hood, and gloves, so, despite the best efforts of investigators, forensic evidence alone will not bring the investigation to a successful end. Repeated reward offers and requests for the community's help have not yet yielded useful information but Crime Stoppers will not give up.
Darrence was not a target in this crime, he was a customer and any one of us could have been standing in his place when the masked, gun wielding man entered the store. The killer was inside the store less than four seconds before firing a single shot at Darrence's head, killing him instantly. The murderer then tried several times to shoot the clerk, who could not open the cash register, but his gun malfunctioned.
Video from the store, included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS, shows the murderer wearing a dark-colored hoodie, light-colored basketball shorts, and red shoes. He was described as a lighter-complected black male wearing a green Halloween mask.
Crime Stoppers knows that someone can solve this case and has reward money available to encourage them to help. Crime Stoppers has not put a limit on the reward; the amount will be based on the investigatory value of the information provided.
If you know anything that might help bring Darrence Kindle's murderer to justice, click the "Solve This" button below, use Crime Stoppers' app, or call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls DIRECTLY to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and anonymous, crime-solving tips are eligible for a reward. Only anonymous, crime-solving tips that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement are eligible for a reward but the entire process, from tip to reward, is anonymous; no one—not Crime Stoppers, not law enforcement, and not the community—will know who you are. DO YOUR PART.
08/31/2018 - Fatality Hit and Run
Woodville Police Department needs help identifying and contacting a man who might have witnessed a deadly hit and run vehicle crash that occurred just after 10PM August 22 in the 400 block of S Magnolia St (US 69/287), near the Willis Motel, in Woodville. If you know the man shown in these photos, ask him to contact Woodville PD at (409) 283-5262.
If you wish to provide the man's name and identifying information without getting directly involved and without revealing your name, you may submit the information through Crime Stoppers by clicking the "Solve This" button below, downloading Crime Stoppers' app, or calling Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS.
You might see other requests for assistance with this case but only tips and calls DIRECTLY to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and only anonymous, crime-solving tips that provide information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement are eligible for a reward.
03/26/2018 – Not Forgotten and Unrestricted Reward
March 24, 2017, Franklin Donald Cox, a 73-year-old Rivercrest resident, was murdered and Angelina County Sheriff's Office investigators have worked for twelve months trying to identify the killer (or killers). After repeated requests for the community's help, the case remains unsolved.
Whether you knew Franklin Cox or not, if you know anything about the case you have a responsibility to assist in getting his killer(s) off the streets. Crime Stoppers can help you get information to investigators without you having to speak to a peace officer, without you having to testify in court, and with no one ever knowing you helped. Plus, if the information you provide leads to an arrest, Crime Stoppers might pay you a reward—in cash.
When crimes, particularly murders, go unsolved for an extended period, some suggest the offered reward be increased but Crime Stoppers did not put a limit on the reward amount for crime-solving information regarding Franklin's murder. Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization run by a board of directors, none of whom are law enforcement officers, who volunteer their time to the crime solving and crime prevention program. The amount of each Crime Stoppers reward is determined by the board of directors and based on several factors, including; the type of crime(s) solved, the number of persons arrested, and the investigatory value of the information provided. Regardless of the size of the reward authorized, many tipsters choose not to collect their reward, seeing Crime Stoppers as a means of doing their civic duty without becoming openly involved in an investigation.
Someone knows who killed Franklin Cox. If that person will submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers—click the "Solve This Murder" button below, or use Crime Stoppers' mobile app. You might see other requests for assistance with this case but remember, 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.
Texas is awesome. This is true for many reasons but for Crime Stoppers it's the protections afforded for tipsters that make this a Great State. Crime Stoppers exists in every state of the U.S. and in at least in 24 other countries but Texas leads the way in protecting tipsters and in clearing the way for Crime Stoppers to operate.
Under Texas laws, 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. Locally, we take that one step further by paying rewards only for anonymous tips. Not offering rewards to tipsters who identify themselves ensures a tipster's identity is never known and cannot be revealed to anyone. The importance of anonymity cannot be overstressed. You will be anonymous unless YOU tell someone that you submitted a Crime Stoppers Tip.
If there is any drawback to keeping tipsters anonymous, it's on the rewards end of the system. Crime Stoppers pays rewards, in cash, for anonymous, crime-solving tips and Texas laws make convicted criminals provide the funds for those rewards but tipsters must follow up with Crime Stoppers to receive a reward. Crime Stoppers doesn't have a tipster's name, address, phone number, or even their computer/phone IP address, so the tipster has to call back, use the app, or go online to check their reward eligibility.
For crimes occurring in Angelina, Houston, or Trinity County, Crime Stoppers accepts tips through this website (Submit a New Tip), through its app (Download Here), and by telephone (936-639-TIPS). A software program assigns each tip a number and password and that tip number and password are the only way for Crime Stoppers to locate a tip and pay a reward.
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.
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.
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.
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.