01/02/2017 – 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.  Investigators need help identifying such a thief.

The suspect went “shopping” in a Lufkin store and left wearing the merchandise.  The crime actually occurred in July but the investigators have not been able to identify the suspect.

The video, included here and posted at facebook.com/DETCS, 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.

If you can identify the suspect, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This” button below, or submit a tip using the P3 Tip app (iTunes | Google Play).

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

Posted on January 2, 2017 .