UPDATED 02/23/2017 – Wanted for Aggravated Robbery

Angelina County law enforcement officers have arrested all five suspects wanted for the first degree felony offense of Aggravated Robbery case featured as the Crime of the Week for February 06, 2017.

According to a Zavalla Police Department investigation, Larry Shayne McHale, Charles Eddie Evans, Dale Jene Evans, Brian Andrew Leviness, and Hayley Ryan Leviness each participated in the theft of a motorcycle, and the contents of its saddle bags, while causing bodily injury to the victim.  In seeking warrants for the five, the investigating officer stated that the robbery occurred on Barge Road in Zavalla the evening of January 22 and involved the male victim being beaten before his motorcycle and property were taken.

The victim reported that he went to the Barge Road residence at the request of one of suspects and was attacked when he attempted to leave.  He said his head was struck with a hard, possibly metal, object, causing him severe pain and knocking him to the floor.  Once down, he was stomped on and kicked and dragged down steps outside the residence.  He said he escaped when the suspects took his keys and turned their attention to stealing his motorcycle, described as a burgundy and black Suzuki GSXR 1300 Hayabusa with a Louisiana license plate.

  • Larry Shayne McHale, 35, of Zavalla (CAPTURED 01-27-2017)
  • Charles Eddie Evans, 24, of San Augustine (CAPTURED 02-03-2017)
  • Dale Jene Evans, 45, of Huntington (CAPTURED 02-06-2017)
  • Hayley Ryan Leviness, 20, of Zavalla (CAPTURED 02-09-2017)
  • Brian Andrew Leviness, 25, of Zavalla  (CAPTURED 02-23-2017)


02/20/2017 – Time On Our Side

Criminals seem to believe that going a long time without getting caught is an indication that they got away with their crime.  They might be right, if not for Crime Stoppers Tipsters.

In December of 2015, Crime Stoppers asked for help solving a purse snatching incident involving someone stealing a purse from a woman’s car while she was parking at her residence.  The case was not solved but the investigators refused to give up, and one year later they again asked the public to anonymously submit tips that might help solve the case.

Crime Stoppers reran video of the purse snatching and of two people stealing computers from Walmart.  The computer thieves, who were initially believed to be two men, drove the car used in the purse snatching.  The video is included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS.

The image quality was poor but several tipsters recognized the thieves as John Taylor Mitchell, a 22-year-old black male, and Kiara Jerschell Deckard, a 22-year-old black female.  Those anonymous tips helped investigators obtain warrants for Mitchell and Deckard for the computer thefts; both had prior theft convictions so the thefts were state jail felony offenses.  Deckard surrendered at Montgomery County Jail February 18 and Mitchell surrendered at Angelina County Jail February 19.

The purse snatching investigation continues but, based upon the descriptions of the suspects, the vehicle used, and time frame between the two thefts, it seems likely that Mitchell and Deckard are the offenders in both crimes.

If you provided an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers identifying John Mitchell and Kiara Deckard, 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.



UPDATED 02/14/2017 – Taking Tips

Whatever your views on the matter, tipping at restaurants is a common practice. Whether you refuse to tip, tip to reward good service, tip out of a sense of obligation, or tip to show off, you probably know that the objective is to give money to the server, not to take from them.

Yesterday, Crime Stoppers asked for help identifying a man who had reversed the tipping process.  Employees at China Hibachi Grill in Lufkin reported that several times recently a man took money from a tip jar; grabbing the cash and running from the store.  His thefts were unimpeded until the first of February when a female employee intervened.  The thief didn’t stop, shoving the employee as he fled and breaking a glass door.  He got away with less than $100 but the assault could turn the theft into a robbery.  Before any charge could be filed, investigators needed to identify the thief so Crime Stoppers offered reward money to encourage someone to give a tip of a different type; an anonymous, crime-solving tip; and anonymous tipsters responded.

Images pulled from a camera outside the restaurant were grainy but provided enough detail that numerous tipsters were able to correctly identify the suspect.  The suspect is a juvenile so Crime Stoppers will not be releasing his name and, once the investigation is complete, the case will be turned over to Angelina County Juvenile Probation.

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

Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and only the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest can be rewarded.  Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous, crime-solving tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.  Funds for Crime Stoppers rewards come from fees paid by convicted criminals.



UPDATED 01/02/2017 – SUSPECT IDENTIFIED - Christmas in July

The desire to steal is a rather selfish trait, so it’s more likely than not that your Christmas gifts either came from the North Pole or were paid for with hard-earned money.  For those who knew they were facing a lump of coal in their stocking, theft might have seemed like a viable option.

The suspect in this theft went “shopping” in a Lufkin store and left wearing the merchandise.  The crime actually occurred in July but until today, and without the help of anonymous Crime Stoppers tips, the investigators had not been able to identify the suspect.

The video, included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS, shows a man browsing for a while and then entering the fitting rooms with several shirts and a pair of pants.  Store employees claim the man exited wearing the pants and three shirts but it’s not clear from the video that he had on multiple shirts and he looked to be wearing his own clothes.  A closer inspection of the video revealed that the pants and outer shirt were the same color and style as what he wore to the store but he was wearing one of the Polo brand shirts he took to the fitting room.

Before leaving without paying, he stuffed his own clothes onto a shelf.  An employee tracked him with the store’s cameras but, with the items he stole looking so similar to the clothes he wore in, they weren't sure a theft had occurred until they recovered the wadded up clothes he left and confirmed they were used.

Multiple anonymous tips identified the same man as the suspect in this case.

The investigating detective much verify the suspect's identity before filing the appropriate criminal charge but, at this time, additional tips are not necessary.  Only the first, most accurate tip received can be rewarded and a reward cannot be authorized until the case is closed and the suspect arrested.

If you submitted a tip, follow the tip followup instructions you received or click the "Tip Follow Up" button above.

Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous, crime-solving tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement. Funds for Crime Stoppers rewards come from fees paid by convicted criminals.



UPDATED 12/19/2016 – ’Tis the Season to Steal - SUSPECT IDENTIFIED

This morning, Crime Stoppers asked for help identifying the suspect in a theft from the Family Crisis Center of East Texas Thrift Store.  Multiple anonymous tips identified the same person and that person then contacted the investigating detective.

If you submitted a tip, follow the tip followup instructions you received or click the "Tip Follow Up" button above. Only the first, most accurate tip can be rewarded but that might have been your tip.

The Family Crisis Center of East Texas, one of the many charities that do wonderful things for area residents, operates a thrift store on Whitehouse Drive in Lufkin.  Through the store, they sell donated items to generate the funds needed to fulfill their mission of keeping families safe and free from abuse.  Since the store depends on donated merchandise and the Family Crisis Center depends on the store’s revenue, it is frustrating knowing that people steal from the store, particularly at the time of year when most of us look for ways to be more charitable toward others.

Unfortunately, the crime described here and shown in the included video is not the only theft from the Thrift Store.  The video shows a female suspect walking out of the store wearing merchandise, a pair of boots.  Employees reported that neither the suspect nor her shopping companion paid for the boots.  According to the police report, the Hispanic female suspect arrived wearing tennis shoes but left wearing a pair of Corral Vintage brand boots.  The size 6 boots are black in color with pink designs on the shaft.  Before walking out with the boots, the suspect placed her tennis shoes in the shopping cart pushed by her companion but it is not known if the other woman was aware of the theft.

This suspect has been identified but Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of another felony offender.  If you can solve another felony crime or know the location of a wanted felon in the Deep East Texas area, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click "Submit a Tip".

Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.  Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous, crime-solving tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.  Funds for Crime Stoppers rewards come from fees paid by convicted criminals.



UPDATED 11/27/2016 - CROCKETT ROBBER ARRESTED

November 26, Crockett Police Department requested help identifying the suspect in the robbery of SNS Convenience Store in Crockett.  Over that night, investigators identified the robber as Andrew Wayne Green.  Green was arrested and booked into Houston County Jail for the offense of Robbery.

Saturday, November 26, at approximately 3:30 PM, a white male (unidentified at the time) robbed SNS Convenience Store on East Loop 304 in Crockett.  When the man approached the store clerk, he handed a note stating; "I HAVE A GUN! PUT ALL THE MONEY IN A BAG OR YOU WILL BE SHOT THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!!"

The clerk complied with the man's demand and the man left the store by car traveling north bound on Bowie Avenue, toward downtown Crockett.



UPDATED 10/31/2016 – It’s Not Just a Phone - SUSPECT IDENTIFIED

Crime Stoppers has assisted in solving several mobile phone thefts and each time, we know someone will question the seriousness of the crime and the reason for paying a reward.  At least one social media comment will ask; “why bother with a theft when (insert the crime de jour) go unsolved?”

First, if you know of a “more serious” unsolved crime, and you can solve it, please submit an anonymous tip; we can handle tips regarding many crimes at once.  Second, these so-called “minor” crimes are arrestable offenses, they impact all of us, and they must to be stopped.

Your phone, which can cost as much as $1,000 to replace, can store everything about your life.  Many of us use our phone to hold personal and confidential information, usernames and passwords, and even credit card and bank account numbers.  So, phone thefts result in stolen identities and related crimes.  

This video included here shows a man stealing a phone that a Taco Bell diner set down while filling her drink.

Anonymous tips solved the case.  Investigators have confirmed the information provided and will file the appropriate charges.

If you submitted the anonymous tip that solved this case, follow the tip follow up instructions you received, click the "Tip Follow Up" button above, or use the P3 Tips app (iTunes | Google Play).  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous so we don’t have a way to reach the tipster about a reward.  Crime Stoppers rewards are paid in cash but only the first, most accurate tip can be rewarded.

While this case has been solved Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest or grand jury indictment of another felony offender.  If you can provide information about another felony crime or a wanted felon in the Deep East Texas area, submit an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip.  You can call (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Submit a Tip” button near the top of this page, or use the P3 Tips app (iTunes | Google Play).

Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and rewards are paid only for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



UPDATED 10/18/2016 - Cold Thieves (CASE SOLVED)

Last week, Crime Stoppers asked for help identifying two criminals who burglarized a truck at Pilot Travel Center in Lufkin.  The video is choppy but we didn’t think it would take long to identify the thieves.  We were right.

The day after we posted the video, someone called the Crime Stoppers tipline (936-639-TIPS) and anonymously-submitted a tip that identified the man and woman seen in the video stealing a 65-quart Yeti cooler.

Using that information and other sources, the investigating detective located the thieves.  At the time of this update, charges had not yet been finalized so we are not including the criminals’ identities.

If you submitted the anonymous tip that solved this case, follow the tip follow up instructions you received, click the "Tip Follow Up" button above, use the P3 Tips app (iTunes | Google Play).  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous so we don’t have a way to reach the tipster about a reward.

Crime Stoppers rewards are paid in cash but only the first, most accurate tip can be rewarded.



UPDATED 09/27/2016 – Rocket Surgeons Identified

September 26, Crime Stoppers asked you to help investigators identify two men who stole from Academy in Lufkin and MANY of you came through.  Although plenty of the anonymously-submitted tips named the wrong people, several correctly identified the thieves as Anthony Steven Rice and Corey Michael Wayne Boyd.

Crime Stoppers tips are completely anonymous and they cannot serve as probable cause for making an arrest or obtaining a warrant.  So, the investigating detective looked into the information from the tips, cleared the incorrectly identified persons, and verified that Rice and Boyd were the men captured on video.

With the suspects identified, the detective sought, and a judge issued, warrants for the arrest of Rice and Boyd for the offense of Theft.  Anthony Steven Rice, having prior convictions for Theft, was charged with felony theft and Corey Michael Boyd will be charged with misdemeanor theft.

If you submitted an anonymous tip that identified Anthony Rice and Corey Michael Boyd, follow the tip follow up instructions you received, click the "Tip Follow Up" button above, or use the P3 Tips app (iTunes | Google Play).

The Crime Stoppers Board of Directors (citizens from the East Texas area, not law enforcement personnel) determines which tip is rewarded and the amount of the reward.  Typically, a reward offer is made for the first tip that provides the most accurate crime-solving information.  When determining the reward amount, the Board considers how helpful and thorough was the tip information, the number of crimes solved, the number of arrests made, the amount of property recovered or drugs seized, and the seriousness of the crime.



UPDATED 09/15/2016 - Arrest in Attempted Capital Murder Case

August 25, 2016, Crime Stoppers asked for your help identifying the man who attempted to murder a Corrigan Police Officer and anonymously submitted tips did just that by naming 54-year-old Derrie Derwin Scott.

The attempted murder occurred shortly after 3:00 AM August 23, when a Corrigan PD officer stopped a dark-colored Jeep Cherokee on Highway 287.  The driver exited the Jeep and fired a handgun at the officer.  The officer was not injured by the murderous attack and his return fire sent the shooter back to the Jeep.  The driver used the Jeep to attempt to run down the officer before fleeing westbound, toward Groveton/Trinity County, on Highway 287.

The description of the shooter and images pulled from the officer’s in-car camera matched Derrie Scott and investigators were able to obtain a warrant for his arrest for the offense of Attempted Capital Murder.

September 14, Derrie Derwin Scott was arrested in Willis, Texas by law enforcement officers from the United States Marshals Service, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Willis Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Texas Rangers. The Jeep Scott used was recovered by Trinity County Sheriff’s Officer and Texas Rangers.

The case remains under investigation but Crime Stoppers is ready to move forward with rewarding the first, most accurate tip that assisted in identifying Scott.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Tipsters who reveal their identity are not eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers pays 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.  Funds for Crime Stoppers rewards come from fees paid by convicted criminals.

The listed warrant and arrest information was correct and current when published but may no longer be correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest.  NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.


UPDATED 08/24/2016 – Laura Reppond Arrested

August 22, Crime Stoppers requested the community's assistance in locating Laura Frances Reppond, a 23-year-old white female who was wanted on two felony warrants.  Multiple anonymous tips were submitted concerning sightings of Reppond and possible locations where she might be found, and the morning of August 24 an anonymous tipster provided Reppond's then-current location. 

That anonymous tip allowed Diboll PD Officers to locate and arrest Reppond for the two Angelina County probation warrants and for a Marion County, Texas warrant.

The Angelina County warrants were related to Reppond's arrests and convictions for possessing a controlled substance and for theft.  January 2015, she was sentenced to community supervision for eight years for Possession of a Controlled Substance, a third degree felony, and for four years for Theft, a state jail felony.  The Marion County warrant was for Motion to Revoke Probation, original offense Failure to Identity (giving false or fictitious information).

The listed warrant and arrest information was correct and current when published but may no longer be correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest.  NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.


Updated 08/11/2016 – Farming Felon Arrested

July 04, Crime Stoppers requested help solving a series of burglaries that occurred in June at Lufkin Farm Supply and an anonymous tipster solved the case.

According to the police report and images from a game camera, the burglar cut a hole in a fence, tore a hole in the plastic wall of the greenhouse, and smashed the glass of an interior door.  Once inside, he filled several large garbage bags with wind chimes, rugs, umbrellas, fig preserves, and Corkcicle brand bottles.

The crime started around 7:00 PM June 24 but the greedy crook left and returned twice overnight, once around midnight and again just before 3:00 AM.  This wasn’t the first time Lufkin Farm Supply had been burglarized and, after the last crime, they placed cameras in the business and greenhouse.

One of the cameras captured several daylight and low light images of the burglar. The daylight images were backlit but you could make out some of the criminal’s features and that was enough for one anonymous tipster.

The tipster called the Crime Stoppers tipline, (936) 639-TIPS, and identified the burglar as Roderick Demond Hale, a 39-year-old Lufkin vagrant.
Using the tipster-provided information, the investigating detective confirmed Hale was the actor in the profiled burglaries and proved that Hale also burglarized AdFab Signs and Lufkin Rubber and Gasket.  Three warrants were obtained for Hale’s arrest, each for Burglary of a Building, a state jail felony offense.  Hale was arrested July 27 and booked into jail for the three burglary warrants, a parole warrant, a traffic warrant, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and an additional offense of Burglary of a Building.

Crime Stoppers tipsters are completely anonymous, so Crime Stoppers has no way of contacting the tipster and extending a reward offer; the tipster must contact Crime Stoppers.  When submitting their tip, the tipster received a tip number and password that they can use to begin the reward process.

If you submitted the tip identifying Roderick Hale as the burglar, call the tipline, (936) 639-TIPS, to receive instructions or click the “TIP FOLLOW UP” button below.  The tip number and password are required but Crime Stoppers will never identify the tipster.  In fact, tipsters who identify themselves are not eligible for a reward.

Anonymity is not Crime Stoppers promise, IT IS THE LAW.



UPDATED 08/01/2016 - ARREST: Bobby Wayne Smith

Angelina County Sheriff's Deputies arrested BOBBY WAYNE SMITH.  As of July 20, 2016, Smith was wanted on a felony probation warrant related to his arrests and convictions for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance (second degree felony) and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle (state jail felony) and Crime Stoppers had offered to pay for information that led to his arrest.  Smith, a 29-year-old white male, has multiple face and neck tattoos, including a large Famous Stars & Straps “F” logo on his neck and “Howdy Doody EST.  1986” below his right ear.

At the time of this update, Crime Stoppers does not have the details of Smith's arrest.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be correct when read. Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest. NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.


UPDATED 07/12/2016 – Criminal Mischief - CASE SOLVED

THE SUSPECT IN THIS CASE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED.  CHARGES HAVE NOT YET BEEN FILED SO THE SUSPECT'S NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.  MULTIPLE ANONYMOUS TIPS CORRECTLY IDENTIFIED THE SUSPECT AND, ONCE AN ARREST HAS BEEN MADE, THE CRIME STOPPERS BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL VOTE ON REWARDING THE FIRST, MOST ACCURATE TIP RECEIVED.
IF YOU SUBMITTED A TIP IDENTIFYING THE SUSPECT IN THIS CRIME, CLICK THE TIP FOLLOW UP BUTTON TO CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR TIP AND YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR A REWARD.  ALTHOUGH MULTIPLE TIPS PROVIDED INFORMATION CONCERNING THE CASE, A REWARD CAN ONLY BE PAID TO THE FIRST, MOST ACCURATE TIP.

All crimes have an impact on the community but some are far less serious than others.  This week, Crime Stoppers is hoping to identify a suspect in one of those less serious crimes.

Around 4:00 AM June 05, a man, who likely was intoxicated, caused quite a bit of damage to a Lufkin gas station.

Video from the station shows the suspect arriving in a Ford truck at 3:30 AM and attempting to get service at the unoccupied payment kiosk.  He gave up after ten minutes and tried to force his way into the structure, prying and kicking at the metal siding.  When that failed, he switched to attacking the fuel pumps, signs, and trashcans.

An hour, and several falls, later, the suspect had made a mess and his female passenger decided she would try her luck at the still closed kiosk.  When she discovered the cash left behind by the suspect, she pocketed it and returned to the truck.  Now in the driver’s seat, the woman locked the man out of the truck and drove away.  The video ends as the truck leaves the gas station with the suspect clinging to the tailgate.

Some will see the video, a condensed and extended version are included, as comical but crimes were committed and, given the apparent intoxication level of the persons involved, someone could have been injured.

Crime Stoppers pays 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.  Funds for Crime Stoppers rewards come from fees paid by convicted criminals.



UPDATED 07/14/2016 - ARREST: Terry Bellini Barlow II

July 13, Lufkin Police Department Special Services Division Officers arrested Terry Bellini Barlow II.

Crime Stoppers requested assistance locating Barlow December 2015 because Angelina County Sheriff’s Office was attempting to serve multiple arrest warrants.  Barlow was arrest Wednesday near Woodland Heights Hospital in Lufkin and he was booked into Angelina County Jail for the following warrants:

  • Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity (1st degree felony, Angelina County),
  • Probation Violation (1st degree felony, Angelina County),
  • Burglary of a Habitation (2nd degree felony, Four offenses, Angelina County),
  • Theft of a Firearm (State Jail Felony, Trinity County), and
  • Contempt of Court (Class A misdemeanor, Jefferson County).
The listed warrant information was correct and current when posted but may change before you read the information. Law enforcement officers will verify warrants and charges before any arrest. NEVER attempt to detain or arrest any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.


UPDATED 06/17/2016 - ARREST: Lewis Bowen Duckworth II

Houston County Sheriff's Office reported to Crime Stoppers that, as of June 17, 2016, Lewis Bowen Duckworth II was in custody.  

June 13, Duckworth, a 60-year-old white male, was profiled by Crime Stoppers because he was wanted by multiple Texas law enforcement agencies on four felony arrest warrants.  

The Texas Pardons and Parole Board held a Parole Violation warrant related to a conviction for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, there was a warrant in Madison County for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle (State Jail Felony), and Houston County Sheriff’s Office held warrants for Aggravated Sexual Assault (First Degree Felony) and Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements (Third Degree Felony).

The images included here are from October 2015 and October 2012.

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.


UPDATED 05/10/2016 – ARREST: Rexie Roy McMullen III

April 26, Crime Stoppers asked for help locating Rexie Roy McMullen III, a 23-year-old white male, who was wanted in Angelina County for the first degree felony offense of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (a knife).

May 09, McMullen was arrest in Colorado.  Upon his release from custody in Colorado, he will be extradited to Angelina County.

The warrant was obtained following an Angelina County Sheriff’s Office investigation of McMullen stabbing a family member.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest.  NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.

This case is solved but Crime Stoppers may pay a reward for information that leads to the arrest or grand jury indictment of another felony offender.  If you can provide information about another felony crime or a wanted felon in the Deep East Texas Area, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the Submit a Tip link in the menu at the top of this page.  Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous, and rewards are paid only for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



UPDATED 04/22/2016 – Interception

The effects of theft and fraud reach well beyond the individual victims.  With these crimes come increased prices, fear and distrust of others, and the inconvenience of additional security measures.  Reversing the effects is difficult but we start by arresting the involved criminals.  

In December, a credit union mailed a check to a customer.  The customer never received the check but it was cashed in Lufkin.   The investigating detective obtained video from a North Timberland Drive grocery store that, according to the store, shows a woman presenting the stolen check to be cashed.

When recovered from the bank, the check was marked with a driver’s license number, date of birth, and thumbprint, so it appears that the cashier attempted to verify the female’s identity, but the information does not match the victim and has not yet been useful in identifying the suspect.

The video shows the suspect to be a white female suspect cashing the stolen check at a Lufkin grocery store.

Anonymous tips provided information that identified Alison Taylor Jaimes as the suspect and solved this case.  The investigating Detective verified the information provided and obtained a warrant for Jaimes' arrest for the offense of Forgery.  April 22, Jaimes surrendered to Corrigan Police Department and will be transferred to Angelina County. 

If you submitted a tip identifying Alison Taylor Jaimes as the suspect in this crime, click the Tip Follow Up button to check the status of your tip and your eligibility for a reward.  Although multiple tips provided information concerning Jaimes and the case, a reward can only be paid to the first, most accurate tip that identified her.

This case is solved but Crime Stoppers may pay a reward for information that leads to the arrest or grand jury indictment of another felony offender.  If you can provide information about another felony crime or a wanted felon in the Deep East Texas Area, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the Submit a Tip link in the menu at the top of this page.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous, and rewards are paid only for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



UPDATED 04/05/2016 – Stop Thief - CASE SOLVED

ANONYMOUS TIPS CORRECTLY IDENTIFIED THE OFFENDER IN THIS CASE AND THE OFFENDER CONTACTED THE INVESTIGATING DETECTIVE.  BECAUSE CHARGES HAVE NOT YET BEEN FILED, THE OFFENDER'S NAME IS NOT BEING RELEASED AT THIS TIME.

If you submitted a tip concerning this crime, click the "Tip Follow Up" button above to check the status of your tip and possible reward. Crime Stoppers can only pay a reward for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that solved the case.

ORIGINAL POST:

Crime Stoppers has assisted in solving several mobile phone thefts but some question the seriousness of the crime and the reason for paying a Crime Stoppers Reward.  Since Crime Stoppers is again offering to pay for anonymously-provided information that helps put a phone thief in jail, it might help to give some perspective on the seriousness of the crime.

First, taking another’s property is Theft and Theft is an arrestable crime.  Second, few mobile phones are merely telephones.  Your phone might store your medical and vehicle insurance information, contact information for yourself, friends, and family, information about your employer, confidential messages, passwords and login information, your identifying information, and even your credit cards in digital form.  Some states are considering issuing digital driver’s licenses to be stored in a phone.  When a thief takes your phone, they take the modern equivalent of your wallet, filling cabinet, computer, and diary, which could result in identity theft and related crimes.

This week’s theft is not the usual lost or misplaced phone being picked up by a passerby.  The video shows a woman stealing a phone from the hostess stand of a restaurant.  She was waiting for her to-go order when she noticed the employee’s iPhone.  She moved it around for a while, probably considering how best to steal it, and then hid it in the bag with her food when it arrived. She paid using cash so investigators could not identify her from the purchase.

She doesn’t look hurried or anxious, as do most first-time thieves.  She even took time to check her food order, because when you steal from someone you want to make sure they didn’t cheat you out of a chicken wing.

If you submitted a tip concerning this crime, click the "Tip Follow Up" button to check the status of your tip and possible reward. Crime Stoppers can only pay a reward for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that solved the case.



UPDATED 03/16/2016 – Ammo Theft, Two Arrested

November 30, law enforcement asked for Crime Stoppers’ help identifying a man and woman who stole nearly a dozen cases of ammunition from Academy in Lufkin and anonymous tips did just that.

Video from the store showed the woman loading cases of ammo into a buggy that she handed off to the man before returning to their car.  The man pushed the ammo to the customer service counter and gave an employee shirts that he claimed had not been rang up when he checked out.

The employee was temporarily fooled and the man loaded the ammo into the trunk of their vehicle and drove away.  

Several anonymous tips identified the thieves as Wesley Edward Bartee and Jennifer Leigh Bartee.  After confirming their identities, the investigating detective sought warrants for their arrests.  Wesley Bartee was arrested February 12.  Jennifer Bartee was arrested March 08 in Cleveland, Texas but she was also wanted for a similar theft in another county so her return to East Texas will be delayed.

Although multiple tips were received, only the first most accurate tip received could be rewarded.



UPDATED 03/11/2016 - Absconders

February 29, Crime Stoppers asked for assistance locating probation absconders Kristie Virginia Horton and Matthew Travis Hanscom.   

Horton, a 35-year-old white female who was wanted on a felony probation warrant related to her arrest and conviction for possessing a prohibited weapon, was arrested March 02 during a traffic stop conducted by a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper.

Hanscom, a 30-year-old white male who was wanted on a felony probation warrant related to his arrest and conviction for Theft of property valued at more than $20,000 but less than $100,000, surrendered to law enforcement March 11.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest.  NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.

These absconders have been arrested but Crime Stoppers may pay a reward for information leading to the arrest of another wanted felon.  If you know the current location of a felon wanted in the Deep East Texas area, submit a tip by calling Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or clicking the Submit a Tip link in the menu at the top of this page.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous.  Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



UPDATED 02/03/2016 – Impatient Burglar

Most residential burglaries occur when no one is home, so a burglar choosing to enter an occupied home demonstrates their impatience.   January 11th, Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers asked for help identifying a burglar who entered a home on Reen Drive in Lufkin the week before Christmas.

The resident said she was inside her home December 20 when someone took her purse and a camera from her kitchen.  She was not aware of the burglary until the purse and camera were found in the bushes outside her front door.  Missing from her wallet were checks, credit cards, and three $100 bills.

Days later, the victim learned that between December 20 and 23 her credit cards had been fraudulently used at least fourteen times for purchases totaling more than $1,800.  Most of the transactions, including $870 spent at Kay Jewelers, occurred in Lufkin but charges were made at a convenience store in Wells and at a Family Dollar and a Subway in Southeast Dallas.

This video shows a man using the victim’s stolen credit cards and multiple anonymous tips correctly identified the man as Isaac Allen Wilcox. Investigators obtained three warrants for Wilcox’s arrest and, at the time of this update, Wilcox was in Cook County Jail on other charges.

If you submitted a tip identifying Wilcox, click the Tip Follow Up button at the top of this page to check the status of your tip.  Only the first most accurate tip received can be rewarded but that might be your tip.



UPDATED 01/26/2016 – THIEF!

Crime Stoppers features crimes where someone mistakenly left property in a public place and a thief took it because, under Texas law, that is Theft. Most people go out of their way to return found property and Crime Stoppers allows time for them to do so before publicizing such cases.

This week, Crime Stoppers featured a video of a mobile phone theft that involved two female suspects.  The way many of us use or mobile phones, stealing one potentially gives the thief access to all our personal and financial information. 

Thanks to multiple anonymous tips, the suspects have been identified and are being interviewed by the investigating agency.  Because Crime Stoppers learned that one of the suspects is a juvenile, the video of the theft has been removed.

Crime Stoppers received many anonymous tips that identified the correct suspects. Once investigators close the case, the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors will vote regarding a reward for the first, most accurate tip received.  In this instance, the first, most accurate tip was received before 3:00 PM January 25, 2016, but many tips were received between then and the time the investigator was able to verify the information in that first tip.

Tipsters may check the status of their tips by clicking on the Tip Follow Up button at the top of this page



UPDATED 01/02/2016 - Arrest: Cody Justin Nerren

Angelina County Sheriff’s Office reports that Cody Justin Nerren is in custody. The Sheriff's Office had requested help in locating Nerren because he was wanted for Aggravated Assault.

At the time of this update, Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers does not have any details regarding the arrest.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be current or correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest.  NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.


UPDATED 12/31/2015 - Another Thief Identified and Another Reward Paid

September 14, 2015, Crime Stoppers asked for help identifying a thief who picked up a wallet dropped by a customer inside a tobacco store in Lufkin.  An anonymous tipster correctly identified the suspect as Darryl J’Michaels Rhodes, a 30-year-old black male from Lufkin.  The investigating detective verified the anonymously-provided information, confirmed that Rhodes is the suspect seen in the video stealing the victim's wallet, and requested a judge issue a warrant for Rhodes' arrest for the offense of Theft.  A warrant was issued and Crime Stoppers paid a reward to the anonymous tipster.

Crime Stoppers has featured several thefts over the years where someone dropped their belongings in a parking lot or left a wallet at a cash register and a thief picked it up and kept it.  Texas law regarding theft makes clear that intentionally withholding the property of another person is a crime but there likely are those who view the accounts and videos of such situations and give the thief the benefit of the doubt.  You might think the thief intended to return the property but forgot or they were unable to find the owner.

Crime Stoppers allows plenty of time for lost property to find its way back to the owner before publicizing the incident as a theft because the majority of people do return property they find.



UPDATED 12/16/2015 – Houston County Wanted Persons

Houston County Sheriff’s Office was looking for Sarah Lynn Clayton and Gene Olan “Trey” Allen III during the investigation of a robbery that occurred December 05, 2015, in Houston County. Gene Allen was also wanted on another Houston County warrant for the offense of Burglary of a Habitation.

Gene Olan “Trey” Allen III was arrested December 15, 2015. Sarah Clayton turned herself in December 16 and was released without being charged.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be current or correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest.  NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.


UPDATED 11/19/2015 - Arrest: Sylvia Barker

Houston County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Sylvia Barker.  November 09, 2015, the Sheriff's Office had requested help in locating Barker, a 36-year-old white female, who was wanted for Delivery of a Controlled Substance.

While Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers received anonymous tips concerning Barker's location, none of the tips assisted in her arrest.  Barker was taken into custody when she appeared at the courthouse.



UPDATED 11/19/2015 - Arrest: Jon Austin Cheatham

Houston County Sheriff’s Office reports that one of the anonymous tips submitted through Crime Stoppers led to Jon Austin Cheatham's arrest. The Sheriff's Office had requested help in locating Cheatham because he was wanted for Assault on Public Servant (Peace Officer x 2) and a parole violation with the Texas Pardon and Parole Board.

At the time of this update, Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers does not have any details regarding the arrest.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be current or correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest.  NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.


UPDATED 11/18/2015 - Arrest in Angelina County Homicide Investigation

Wednesday, November 18, Terry Christopher Criswell was arrested in Smith County, Texas. 

At approximately 2:51 AM Sunday, November 15, 2015, Angelina County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to “Annie Mae’s”, located on Jackson Road in Angelina County, following a report of a shooting. One victim, Kevin Moore, age 37, was taken from the scene by private vehicle to Woodland Heights Hospital in Lufkin where he was pronounced dead. It a appeared that Moore had suffered more than one gunshot wound. Moore’s next of kin has been notified and an autopsy had been ordered.

Angelina County Sheriff’s Office detectives sought, and a judge issued, an arrest warrant on the charge of murder for Terry Christopher “Chris” Criswell, a 32-year-old black male, in the death of Kevin Moore.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be current or correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest.  NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.


UPDATED 10/30/2015 – Lynch Located

Houston County Sheriff’s Office investigators located and interviewed Jacob Presson Lynch.  The investigators had requested help in locating Lynch because they wished to speak with him regarding a credit card theft that occurred in Lovelady, Texas and resulted in a loss of nearly $8,000.

At the time of this update, Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers does not have any details regarding the investigation.



UPDATED 09/21/2015 @ 9:12 AM – Daytime Burglars

Mid-morning, September 04, 2015, two criminals burglarized and Angelina County home.

Many of us feel that our homes and belongings are safe during the day, as if those who prey on others are somehow defeated or scared away by daylight.  We assume that our irregular comings and goings throw off would-be thieves because they fear we will return at any moment.  We trust that our dog, the same one that refuses to keep the neighbor’s cat out of their food bowl, is a deterrent to anyone entering our yard.  With these false beliefs in mind, we leave to run errands without bothering to lock doors, set alarms, or secure our valuable, hard-earned property.  Video from a home on John Kolb Road proves, once again, that our assumptions are incorrect. 

At 10:30 on a Friday morning, a man and woman drove down the residence’s longer-than-most driveway, parked their car in plain view, and proceeded to burglarize the open garage.  They followed a familiar pattern; knocking at the doors and windows to verify no one is home and then spending a few minutes loading their car with everything it will hold.

Included here are portions of the videos showing the man and woman committing the burglary.  

Once they established that no one was home, or at least that no one was coming outside in response to their presence, they needed only three minutes to take an Ingersoll Rand air hoist, a Sparrow R/C helicopter, a Dremel tool set, saltwater fishing lures, a DeWALT air compressor, a gas can, and several other items.

The male and female burglars involved in this case have been identified.


UPDATED 09/10//2015 – Wallet Thief

It is amazing that some adults still live by the childhood saying “finders keepers, losers weepers”, and they don’t care that intentionally depriving someone of property is a crime.

Crime Stoppers asked for help identifying a man who did just that by picking up a wallet fell from a customer’s shopping cart in the parking lot of a Lufkin store.  The crime occurred two weeks before Crime Stoppers got involved, so the man likely thought no one noticed his actions or that no one knew his identity.  If so, he was wrong.  

An anonymous Crime Stoppers tip correctly identified the man and the investigating detective recovered the victim's wallet.

This case didn’t involve a large sum of money but our laws and the rules of a polite society require that you return property you find – not hide it from the owner and keep it for yourself.  This type crime is far too common; valuable property dropped or mistakenly left in a public place is stolen rather than returned.  No one wants to lose personal property and we certainly don’t want it stolen from us.

Video from the store shows that the suspect picked up the victim’s wallet after it fell from her shopping cart, placed it in the bed of his truck, and walked into the store.

Even with backlighting and low image resolution, the tipster was able to identify the man in the video and the anonymous tip allowed the detective to identify the man, locate his Chevrolet Silverado, and recover the stolen property.

As of the time of this update, a criminal charge of Theft has not been filed, so the man's identity has not been released. 

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UPDATED 08/20/2015 – Robert Jeffery Duncan Captured

June 15, 2015, Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers featured a case of a man a man who sold a rented forklift.  That man, Robert Jeffery Duncan, has been arrested.

Duncan was apprehended in Upshur County and August 20 he was transported to Angelina County Jail where he is being held under a $50,000 bond for the felony offense of Theft.

June 12, 2015, Angelina County Precinct Two Constable Tom Selman responded to a report involving the theft and sale of a Toyota forklift.  According to the victim, he agreed to purchase the forklift from Robert Duncan, a man he did not know, and they met in a parking lot on Timberland Drive in Lufkin.  The victim inspected and paid for the forklift, Duncan left, and the victim contacted a towing company to move his new equipment.

The victim first learned that he had been fooled when the tow truck driver informed him that earlier in the day the driver picked up the forklift from a rental company and delivered it to Duncan at the same spot the victim purchased it.

This case has been solved but Crime Stoppers may pay a reward for information that leads to the arrest or grand jury indictment of another felony offender.  If you can provide information about another felony crime or a wanted felon in the Deep East Texas Area, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or by clicking the Submit a Tip link in the menu at the top of this page.  CRIME STOPPERS CALLS AND TIPS ARE ANONYMOUS.



UPDATED 07/29/2015 - Koty Joe Jones

Koty Joe Jones was arrested by Lake Jackson, Texas Police Department for two Angelina County probation warrants related to his arrest and conviction for transporting a chemical with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance and for possession of a controlled substance, both felony offenses.  

Crime Stoppers featured Jones as a wanted person May 11, 2015.

This suspect has been arrested but Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest or grand jury indictment of another felony offender.  If you can provide information about a felony crime or a wanted felon, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or by clicking the Submit a Tip link in the menu at the top of this page.  CRIME STOPPERS CALLS AND TIPS ARE ANONYMOUS.



UPDATED 07/15/2015 - Misti Nicole Davis

July 23, 2015, Members of the Angelina County Community Supervision and Corrections Department Warrant Team, following up on an anonymous Crime Stoppers Tip, arrested Misti Nicole Davis.

Misti Davis was wanted in Angelina County on a felony probation warrant, related to her 2012 arrest and conviction for Theft (with two or more Previous Convictions), a state jail felony crime.

Crime Stoppers featured Davis as a wanted person July 05, 2015.



UPDATED 07/15/2015 - Jeffery Adam Moffett

July 15, 2015, Angelina County Sheriff's Office Deputies arrested Jeffery Adam Moffett.

Jeffery Moffett was wanted in Angelina County on a felony probation warrant, related to his 2010 arrest and conviction for Assault (on a Family or Household Member, with a Previous Conviction).

Crime Stoppers featured Moffett as a wanted person July 03, 2015.



UPDATED 07/09/2015 – Fleeing Felon

July 09, 2015, Angelina County Precinct Three Constable Chad Wilson arrested Glenn Earl Smallwood Jr.  Members of the Angelina County County Community Supervision and Corrections Department Warrant Team, US Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, and Huntington Police Department assisted in locating Smallwood. 

Glenn Smallwood Jr. was wanted in Angelina County on a felony probation warrant, related to his May 2012 arrest and conviction for Burglary of a building, and a Washington County, Texas warrant for Resisting Arrest, Search or Transport.

Crime Stoppers featured Smallwood as the April 27, 2015, Crime of the Week because on April 17 he had escaped from members of the Angelina CSCD Warrant Team who attempted to apprehend him at a trailer house on South Main Street in Huntington.  Smallwood’s girlfriend, who also lives at the trailer, denied that Smallwood was inside the trailer but Smallwood exited a bedroom within the trailer when the Warrant Team requested to search the structure.  Smallwood fled on foot when the Warrant Team attempted to handcuff him.  He ran, with the Warrant Team pursuing him, through several pastures and disappeared into a wooded area.



UPDATED 07/07/2015 – Michael Christopher Shuell

July 07, 2015, at 7:00 PM, an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip led Lufkin Police Department Patrol Officers to a residence on Betty Drive in Lufkin where they located and arrested Michael Christopher Shuell.

Shell fled into a residence when he saw the approaching officers but was taken into custody and booked into Angelina County Jail for a State Jail Felony Revocation of Probation warrant, three Lufkin Municipal Court traffic warrants, for the offense of Evading Arrest.

Michael Shuell, along with four other probation absconders, had been featured in the Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week for July 06, 2015.  The images included here were taken following a September 2014 arrest.



UPDATED 06/29/2015 – Funny Money

An anonymous tipster correctly identified Kenneth Eugene Bright as the suspect in this case.  The investigator responsible for the case verified the anonymously-provided information and obtained a warrant for Bright's arrest for the third degree felony offense of Forgery.

Sunday, April 19, a white male wearing a grey AND1 brand t-shirt, black baseball cap, denim shorts, and white tennis shoes passed counterfeit money at a Lufkin gas station.

The suspect was a passenger in a black and gold late model Ford Expedition, and paid for gas using fake ten and twenty dollar bills.  

Video of the crime shows that the suspect has numerous tattoos on his arms and neck.  Included here are portions of the store’s videos.

The store clerk thought something was wrong with the money because of the way the paper felt in his hand.  Two of the ten-dollar bills had the same serial number and other bills were missing key security features, such as watermarks.

With the technology currently available to the public, criminals can produce authentic-looking counterfeit bills but, if you know the signs, fake US currency is easy to spot.

You can find information concerning the features of genuine Federal Reserve Notes online at www.secretservice.gov/know_your_money.shtml.  If you doubt that a bill is genuine, contact your local police department.

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UPDATED 06/01/2015 – Burglary and Fraud

Anonymous tips correctly identified Ja’Kouis Dajuan Hawkins as the suspect in the 06/01/2015 Crime of the Week case, “Burglary and Fraud”. The investigator responsible for the case verified the anonymously-provided information and obtained three warrants for Hawkins’ arrest, each for the State Jail felony offense of Credit Card Abuse.
Crime Stoppers likely will pay a reward for the first, most accurate tip received but, because tips are anonymous, that tipster must contact Crime Stoppers.

The case involved nearly a dozen credit card fraud incidents stemming from vehicle burglaries that occurred May 10 on Champions Drive in Lufkin.

Around 2:00 AM May 10, the victim woke to the sound of their vehicle alarm.  When they investigated, they found that the three vehicles parked in their driveway had been burglarized.  A purse, credit cards, checkbooks, a briefcase, and a Dell Latitude laptop computer were among the items stolen.

Following the trail of fraudulent credit card transactions led to video of a suspect and his vehicle, a maroon, late model Chevrolet Malibu.

The suspect's shopping list included snacks, video games, and an Xbox One game system. He must be the generous type because he also used the stolen cards to fill the fuel tanks of three people’s vehicles.



UPDATED 04/17/2015 – Phony Paychecks

An anonymous tip identified Kim Edward Johnson as the suspect in this case. The investigator responsible for the case verified the anonymously-provided information and obtained a warrant for Johnson's arrest for the offense of Forgery, a State Jail Felony.

Just before 5:00 PM February 27, a man approached the customer service counter of a North Timberland Drive grocery store and presented a check to be cashed.  The check appeared to be a genuine payroll check issued by a local business and the man left the store with several hundred dollars.  

A few minutes later, a man presented a check to another grocery store, this one on South Chestnut Street in Lufkin.  That check also appeared to be a genuine payroll check issued by a local business and the man left the store with several hundred dollars.

The following day, a man presented two checks to a grocery store on West Frank Avenue in Lufkin.  Those checks were cashed and the man received more than $1,000.

Weeks later, the stores learned that the checks were fraudulent.  A review of video from each of the stores showed that the same suspect passed all four of the bogus checks.  The videos show the suspect to be a stocky-build black male who either shaves his head or is bald.  He had a mustache and a patch of hair beneath his bottom lip.

The suspect was driven to and picked up from one of the stores in a dark colored, small car but he driver remained in the car and parked too far from the building for video to be used to identify the vehicle.

Included here are portions of the stores’ surveillance videos.

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UPDATED 04/15/2015 – Steak Knife Robbery

Numerous tipsters identified Quentin Lorenz Yarbrough as the suspect in this case. The investigator responsible for the case verified the anonymously-provided information and obtained a warrant for Yarbrough's arrest for the offense of Aggravated Robbery.
The Crime Stoppers of Lufkin Board of Directors authorized a reward and that reward has been paid to the anonymous tipster who provided the first, most accurate tip.

Crime Stoppers thanks all the anonymous tipsters whose help allowed investigators to identify a man who used a steak knife to rob an employee of a Lufkin business.  

The employee described the criminal as a six-foot tall black male with his hair in dreads on top and clean-shaven on the sides.  During his first trip through the store, he wore a red hoodie with “Glory Boyz” printed across the chest but, when he returned two hours later, he had removed the hoodie and was wearing a tan watch cap. He has a tattoo around his left arm that a witness described as being biblical scripture.

He attempted to use a credit card to purchase a PlayStation3 game system but when the card was declined he displayed a steak knife.  Apparently, he thought displaying a weapon would cause the employee to handover the merchandise.  When the employee didn’t react, the thief turned to robbery and attacked the employee.

Thankfully, the assault on the employee did not result in injury but the criminal succeeded in taking the PlayStation.  He ran to the front of the store and fled in a small, dark-colored, four-door car.

Included here are portions of the store’s surveillance videos.

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UPDATED 03/30/2015 – Counterfeiter Identified

Multiple tipsters identified the same person as the suspect in this counterfeiting case. The investigator responsible for the case is working to verify the suspect's identity and will seek a warrant for her arrest.
When multiple tipsters provide the same information, and the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors authorizes a reward, the reward is paid to the first, most accurate tip received. The Board will determine which tip that is once an arrest is made.

Although criminals can produce authentic-looking counterfeit bills, if you know the signs, fake US currency is still easy to spot.  

Features of genuine Federal Reserve Notes issued since 1996 include special paper embedded with red and blue fibers, a large, off-center portrait, a watermark that is visible from either side of the bill, and an embedded polyester strip inscribed with the denomination of the bill.  At www.newmoney.gov, you can find information concerning the features of genuine Federal Reserve Notes online.  If you doubt that a bill is genuine, contact your bank or local law enforcement agency.

Converting fake money to genuine currency is the goal of most persons passing counterfeit money.  One simple way to achieve their goal is to purchase items of little value and “pay” with a larger-than-necessary bill, such as using a counterfeit $20, $50, or $100 bill to pay for a few dollars’ worth of merchandise.  If not caught by the store employee, the counterfeit bill can make its way to another customer.

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UPDATED 03/27/2015 – 100% Off Sale

Numerous tipsters identified Carlos Josue Chavez as the suspect in this case. The investigators responsible for the case verified the suspect`s identity and obtained warrants for his arrest. Chavez was arrested March 27, 2015.
When multiple tipsters provide the same information, and the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors authorizes a reward, the reward is paid to the first, most accurate tip received. The Board will determine which tip that is once an arrest is made.

Employees of a Lufkin Mall store reported that twice in January an unidentified man created his own inventory reduction sale.  The terms of the sale were simple; everything that fit in his bags was free.

The criminal is a white or Hispanic male with dark hair and a goatee.  The first day of his 100% off sale, he wore a dark blue polo-style shirt over a long-sleeve white shirt, blue jeans, and a Dallas Cowboys star logo hat.  When he returned two days later he was wearing tan cargo-pocket shorts and a white American Eagle branded hoodie with grey sleeves.

Employees recognized the thief during his second trip through the store but it was too late and he walked out of the store with bags overloaded with stolen merchandise.

Video from both days show that the thief entered the store with nearly empty shopping bags from another store and then stuffed them full of whatever he liked.  He took polo-style shirts, t-shirts, boxer shorts, and women’s Christmas-print panties.

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UPDATED 02/25/2015 - Charles Lee Evans Jr. is in law enforcement custody

February 25, 2015, Charles Lee Evans Jr. was arrested in Angelina County on two felony probation warrants related to his June 2006 arrest and conviction for Theft of property valued at more than $1,500 but less than $20,000 and his January 2010 arrest and conviction for the offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.  According to Angelina County Jail records, Evans has been arrested for felony Theft, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Charles Evans Jr. is a 34-year-old white male who stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 250 pounds.  The image included here, showing Evans with a short-cut hair and a bushy goatee, was taken following a July 2014 arrest.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be current or correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest.  NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.

This suspect has been arrested but Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.  If you can provide information about a felony crime or a wanted felon, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or by clicking the Submit a Tip link in the menu at the top of this page.  CRIME STOPPERS CALLS AND TIPS ARE ANONYMOUS.



UPDATED 02/03/2015: Crockett Rifle Theft Suspect Arrested

Tuesday, February 03, 2015, Crockett Police Department Detectives sought, and a judge issued, warrants for the arrest of Skyler William Maynard, a 27-year-old white male with ties to Alto and Corpus Christi.  Information received from the public helped identify Maynard as the suspect in the January 31 theft of a rifle from Walmart, and allowed the Detectives to obtain warrants for the offenses of Theft of a Firearm a State Jail Felony and for Felon in Possession of a Firearm which is a Third Degree Felony.  Mynard was taken into in custody in Nueces County and has additional charges filed by Corpus Christi Police Department.

Just before 9:00 PM Saturday, January 31, 2015, Crockett Police Department officers were alerted to the theft of a rifle from Walmart, located on Loop 304 in Crockett.

Responding officers found that the thief, later identified as Skyler William Maynard, entered the store around 8:45 PM and made his way to the sporting goods department.  Once there, he made several passes through the area and appeared to be checking for store employees or witnesses. 

After determining that no one was around, Maynard went behind the sales counter and attempted to open the display case containing rifles but when the doors failed to open, he broke the display case glass.

With the glass shattered, Maynard took a Bushmaster brand AR-15 rifle and fled the building through a fire exit door.  Outside, he ran to a late-model Ford Crown Victoria, grey- or silver-in-color, and left the area.

Magazines and ammunition for the rifle were not taken during this crime.

The attached images show Skyler Maynard as he entered the store immediately before stealing the rifle.

This suspect has been arrested but Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.  If you can provide information about a felony crime or a wanted felon, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or by clicking the Submit a Tip link in the menu at the top of this page.  CRIME STOPPERS CALLS AND TIPS ARE ANONYMOUS.



UPDATED 01/27/2015: Terry Lee Shepherd was arrested in San Jacinto County, Texas

Terry Lee Shepherd is wanted on felony probation warrants related to his 2011 and 2013 arrests and convictions for Manufacturing or Delivering a Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone.  According to Angelina County Jail records, Shepherd’s prior arrests include charges of Family Violence Assault, Possession of Marijuana, Evading Arrest, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Shepherd is a 29-year-old black male who stands 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds.  The image included here shows Terry Shepherd with unkempt hair, a goatee beard, and a mustache; the photo was taken in July of 2013 and his appearance might have changed.

Law enforcement officers know that Shepherd has family members living in Lufkin but attempts to apprehend him have been unsuccessful.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be current or correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest.  NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.

This suspect has been arrested but Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.  If you can provide information about a felony crime or a wanted felon, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or by clicking the Submit a Tip link in the menu at the top of this page.  CRIME STOPPERS CALLS AND TIPS ARE ANONYMOUS.



01/05/2015 - Probation Absconder

January 05, 2015, Probation Absconder Jarred Ty’Veon Hunt surrendered to law enforcement for the below-listed warrant.

Between August 04, 2014, and January 05, 2015, Jarred Ty’Veon Hunt was wanted on a felony probation warrant related to his April 2013 arrest and conviction for Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1.  January 05, Crime Stoppers posted the warrant information on this site and released the information to area media outlets.  Hunt surrendered soon after. 

According to Angelina County Jail records, Hunt has been arrested for Family Violence Assault, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Dangerous Drugs, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be current or correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest.  NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.

This suspect has been arrested but Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.  If you can provide information about a felony crime or a wanted felon, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or by clicking the Submit a Tip link in the menu at the top of this page.  CRIME STOPPERS CALLS AND TIPS ARE ANONYMOUS.