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.
07/08/2019 – BMV
We're starting to sound like a broken record with our "leave your vehicle unlocked, get burglarized" message but it's vital that everyone hear, and heed, it. Yes, you should be able to leave your doors unlocked, but you can't. Thieves believe they're entitled to our property, and plenty of people make excuses for them, so we can't be surprised when our belongings are stolen from our unlocked vehicles.
We can prevent crimes by removing one of the three factors involved—victim (or target), offender, and opportunity. We can assist victims and reduce opportunities through education and speaking up when something is out of place, and we can use Crime Stoppers to target the offender. The latter is needed this week.
Included here and posted across social media (Facebook–Instagram–Twitter–YouTube) is video of a vehicle burglary suspect. According to the police report, an unidentified man stole a wallet by reaching through the open window of a vehicle parked in the 1900 block of S First St in Lufkin. The video shows the suspect entering a nearby business and placing a call from the business' telephone.
Investigators are working to identify the suspect through the telephone number he dialed but Crime Stoppers knows someone can beat them to it for a chance at reward money.
Watch the video and, 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 this crime. The entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.
07/01/2019 – Parking Lot Shopping
Regular readers of Crime Stoppers' articles know we encourage everyone to remove their belongings and lock their doors every time they park their vehicle, no matter the location. Crime after crime has proven that an unlocked vehicle gets burglarized, and that a locked vehicle with any property visible inside gets its window broken and then burglarized.
This week's Crime of the Week case occurred June 15 at Sleep Inn on N. Timberland Dr. near Loop 287 in Lufkin. A hotel guest parked his truck around 8PM and found a window broken and thousands of dollars worth of property missing when he return to it the next morning. Among the items stolen were a Toshiba laptop computer and a tool bag filled with Snap-on brand tools.
Cameras in the hotel's parking lot captured images of an unidentified black male suspect. He was one of several occupants of a small, dark-red, four-door car that moved around the parking lot as the suspect walked from vehicle to vehicle picking through other people's belongings as if shopping in a store. Snippets of the videos showing the suspect and the red car are included here and shared on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Watch the video and, if you can solve the case, 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.
06/24/2019 - Remco Robbery
May 11, someone robbed Remco Insurance on S Timberland Dr in Lufkin, and they have not been caught. Crime Stoppers has reward money available to motivate someone to help identify the robber.
About 5PM that Tuesday, a man entered the insurance office. When the lone employee turned to greet the man, she was facing a pistol. After taking money from the cash register, the robber zip-tied the employee's hands behind her back and put tape over her mouth. She was left face down on the floor when her attacker fled.
A camera from a nearby store showed a truck picking up a person outside Remco. The suspect's distance from the camera prevents positive identification but the truck clearly is a 2001 to 2004 year model maroon, extended-cab Ford F-150 with chrome step rails and a silver in-bed toolbox.
Investigating officers uncovered images of a matching truck at M&B Food Store on N Raguet St. That location is less than two miles from the crime scene and the truck arrived there minutes after the robbery.
M&B's cameras showed two men exit the truck, enter the store, and purchase scratch-off lottery tickets and beer. Investigators have not connected the men at M&B, shown here in images pulled from the security cameras, to the robbery of Remco but they need to speak with them.
If you can identify the robber or the men from M&B, 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.
06/17/2019 - 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.
UPDATED 06-11-2019 - Wanted: Angela Winter Ogeda
MANY people have reported Ogeda's social media posts giving her location in Dallas, and the officers looking for her have that information. Crime Stoppers does not know what actions law enforcement will take—we typically receive updates only after the completion of an investigation/arrest.
Angelina County officers are looking for Angela Winter Ogeda. She's wanted on Theft and probation warrants, and has avoided apprehension since early April. Crime Stoppers has cash available to reward the anonymous tip that helps officers locate Ogeda and, because the entire Crime Stoppers process, from tip to reward, is anonymous, those who know her can tip without anyone knowing they did.
Angela Ogeda, a 39-year-old white female from Lufkin who stands 5'07” tall and weights approximately 130 pounds, has used several aliases, including; Angela Winter Kelly and Tiffany Cofer. She has numerous tattoos and piercings. With tattoos covering her arms, a large tattoo above one eye, and "Philippians 4:13" tattooed across her chest, even someone who doesn't know her will recognize her.
According to jail records, November of 2018, Ogeda was sentenced to seven years of probation following a conviction for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon but in March of this year she assaulted a peace officer and a court revoked her probation. She's lived and worked in Lufkin but officers have not been able to arrest her.
The listed warrant information was correct when published but might change before being read. Warrants must be verified before arrest. NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.
If you know the current location of Angela Winter Ogeda, click the tip "Tip: Ogeda" button below, download our app, or call us at (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. Only the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward.
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.
05/20/2019 – Coordinated Crooks
May 05, the Family Dollar store in the 2500 block of East Denman Avenue in Lufkin was targeted by organized tobacco thieves and lost hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise. Crime Stoppers has video if the crime and cash available to reward the first, most accurate anonymous tip that identifies the criminals.
The video (included here and posted to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) shows a black male with shoulder-length hair drawing a store employee away from the cash register counter by asking about dog food. With the employee at the back of the store, helping a man she believed to be a customer, another black male went behind the counter and loaded a plastic tote with cartons of cigarettes. The cigarette theft had short hair, and wore a baseball cap and yellow safety vet. The cap was a camouflage-pattern and had a white, longhorn logo on its front.
Once the tote was filled, the thief exited the store, loaded the tote into a blue, four-door car—possibly a Chevrolet Malibu—and waited for his partner. Seeing that the theft was complete, the first criminal left the employee and got into the front passenger seat of the getaway car.
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. The entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.
04/29/2019 - Wanted: Cristel Anna Willis
Angelina County Probation Officers are looking for probation absconder Cristel Anna Willis and Crime Stoppers has cash available to reward the anonymous tip that helps officers locate her.
Cristel Willis is a 25-year-old white female from Lufkin who stands 5'07” tall and weights approximately 250 pounds. She was sentenced to probation following convictions for two offenses, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Theft, and violated the terms of her probation, so warrants have been issued for her arrest. Her last known address was on Willis Lane, which connects to Highway 103 East about a mile outside Lufkin, and her last known employment was as a self-employed house cleaner, but probation officers have not been able to locate her.
The listed warrant information was correct when published but might change before being read. Warrants must be verified before arrest. NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.
If you know the current location of Cristel Anna Willis, click the tip "Tip: Willis" button below, download our app, or call us at (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. Only the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward.
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.
04/08/2019 – Bucolic Burglary
People choose to live in rural areas for varied reasons. For many, a perceived lower risk of crime is one of the biggest attractions. Depending on where the rural area is, it might have a lower crime rate than urban or metropolitan areas but it isn't likely to be free of crime. Take, for instance, the February 07 burglary of a residence in northeastern Angelina County.
The area is about as rural, and secluded, as one could want but a criminal, or criminals, still found and violated the residence. The burglar(s) stole jewelry, including an antique wedding ring, and three televisions from the home, and they probably think the lack of watchful neighbors will keep them out of jail. Thankfully, inexpensive cameras and security devices make it possible for anyone to monitor the comings and goings at their home, regardless of how far out of town they live.
For this crime, a nearby game camera photographed a suspect vehicle. It appears to be an early-to-mid-1980s Ford F-150. The single-cab truck is white with a discolored driver's door, and several rusted areas. It has a long bed, provisions for dual fuel tanks, and a gun rack in its rear window.
If you can identify the burglar(s), or know where to find the suspect vehicle, 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 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.
02/04/2019 – Unsuccessful, but Destructive
Thankfully, the brightest among us seldom turn to crime. More often, those committing crimes seem to lack a proper understanding of the planning process, cause and effect, and consequences. This week, Crime Stoppers wants you to help investigators identify three would-be burglars who failed to achieve their goal but destroyed property at a car wash.
January 08, around 1:45 AM, three suspects arrived at a car wash in Huntington. They spent more than an hour attempting to open a vacuum cleaner and other machines, leaving at 3:00 AM without the hoped for loot. At 4:00 AM, the trio returned and wasted another hour working on the vacuum. In the end, the criminals succeeded in removing the vacuum from its mount but never managed to open the coin box.
Had they spent their time at actual jobs, even at minimum wage, they'd have earned more than the machine contained. Instead, their attempted burglary caused nearly $10,000 in damage.
Video from car wash, portions of which are included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS, shows the three burglars driving a second generation Ford Explorer (1998-2000 year model). One suspect, a thin, shaggy-hair, white male, walked right up to and looked at a security camera. The video is black and white but someone should easily recognize the criminals and, if they act quickly, might earn a cash reward.
If you can identify the suspects, click the “Solve This” button below, download our app, or call us at (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. Only the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward.
01/28/2019 – Wrecked Washateria
We had not idea how upsetting the process of doing laundry at a washateria can be until we were asked to profile two recent burglary and vandalism incidents. Anonymous tips helped solve one incident, which occurred Christmas night and was profiled by Crime Stoppers January 14, and we hope that someone will do the same for the other incident.
Around 1:00 AM December 15, an alarm activated at Sud R Us on East Denman Avenue. Responding officers found water pouring from a broken water pipe on the exterior of the building, large holes smashed through interior walls, and other property damage.
Video from inside the building (included here and posted at facebook.com/639tips) shows a man and a woman washing clothes. The man attacked the change machine, and building, after he was unable to get change from the machine. He attempted to kick open a door to the room behind the change machine, presumably to gain access to the back of the machine, repeatedly threw a rolling laundry basket at the front of the machine, and ripped sheetrock from a wall. The woman continued to do their laundry while she watched the man wreck the building.
The video is very low resolution but someone will recognize the pair and the first, most accurate anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers that identifies them might earn a cash reward.
If you can identify either of the suspects, click the “Solve This” button below, download our app, or call us at (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. Only the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward.
01/21/2019 – Counterfeit Currency
Counterfeit money has been a problem nearly as long as coins and paper currency have been in use. What once required artistic skill and specialized equipment now can be accomplished with a cheap printer or an Amazon account, where $10 can buy $10,000 in “movie money”.
With fake money readily available, the counterfeiting problem isn’t going away but we can combat it in our communities. Businesses need to properly train and equip employees and each of us need to pay attention to the money we receive.
Counterfeit money isn't difficult to spot because modern counterfeiters rely more on distracting the receiver than on creating realistic-looking, and feeling, money. Many businesses have their employees "test" money with counterfeit-detecting pens but those pens can return false positives and be fooled. Ultraviolet detection devices are better than the pens but the best, and cheapest, option is to properly train the people who handle money.
The anti-counterfeiting features of U.S. currency are not a 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 bogus money, immediately stop the transaction, hold onto your money, and contact law enforcement.
If you know anyone involved in producing or passing counterfeit money, you might be able to turn your knowledge into cash, genuine U.S. currency, by clicking one of the tip button below, using Crime Stoppers’ app, or calling (936) 639-TIPS. Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.
01/07/2019 – Four Frauds and a Burglary
Businesses don't simply absorb the costs associated with fraud and theft, they pass them along to customers; to you. Preventing and solving crimes helps everyone, except the criminals, and Crime Stoppers has a burglary and fraud case that needs to be solved.
December 14, burglars smashed a window of a truck parked on Muirfield Drive in Lufkin. They stole a wallet and, within hours, used the victim's credit cards at Walmart in Lufkin and Nacogdoches. Video from the Lufkin store shows four men fraudulently using the credit cards to purchase several thousand dollars worth of gift cards, at least some of which were Vanilla brand.
The suspects wore hats and hooded jackets, and avoided looking directly at security cameras, but video posted here and on our Facebook page should let someone identify them. All four appear to be black males. The first into the store wore a dark gray or black hoodie and a light blue hat. The second wore a red and black hooded jacket, possibly North Face brand. The third wore a high-visibility yellow, reflective safety shirt over a light gray hoodie. And, the fourth wore a red hoodie and a dark blue hat with what appears to be Walmart's yellow spark logo on its front.
If you can identify any of the suspects in this case, click the Solve This” Button below, download our app, or call us at (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. Only the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward.
12/10/2018 – ID Theft
November 01, a Lufkin resident was alerted by an identity theft monitoring service to which he subscribes that a new account had been opened in his name. Knowing he had not opened an account, he reported the incident to Lufkin Police Department. Investigators obtained video of a man who fraudulently used the victim's identifying information to open an account at Best Buy in Lufkin, and attempted to open an account at Target, also in Lufkin.
Videos from both stores show the same man, seen here in an image pulled from Target's security cameras, applying for credit in the victim's name. He is a black male and was wearing a dark colored Nike "Jays, Treys and Fadeaways" t-shirt and gray Nike "Just Do It" sweatpants. At both stores, the suspect was accompanied by a black male wearing a white t-shirt, black shorts, black socks, and black slide-style sandals. In Best Buy, the companion helped the suspect with selecting the Apple products to purchase with his newfound identify.
Portions of the stores' security videos are included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS.com
If you can identify the identity theft suspect, or know of someone else committing similar crimes in the Deep East Texas area, click the “Solve This” button below, download our app, or call us at (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. Only the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward.
11/12/2018 – Remember, Remember
"Remember, remember, the fifth of November," once began rhymes sung by those wearing Guy Fawkes masks and telling the tale of the Gunpowder Plot. Now, much of the mask's history is forgotten and it has become a tool for those wishing to hide their identity, including burglars.
Between 1:00 and 3:00 AM October 24, four burglars, one wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, forced their way into storage buildings on North Raguet Street in Lufkin. They filled the bed of their truck with property from several storage units, including; a bicycle, a lawn mower, a golf club set, five "African pictures", a fireplace, and a deep freezer.
The burglars took care to conceal their identities by wearing hooded jackets and covering their faces, including the one using the mask of the 17th century failed bomber, but, apparently, they were not concerned about family, friends, and acquaintances recognizing them based on the collective group and their vehicle. That vehicle is a light-colored, extended cab Dodge Dakota mid-size truck and the group seems to have been comprised of two men and two women.
Portions of the video are included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS. The low-light video doesn't clearly show the burglars' identifying features but that won't deter a Crime Stoppers Tipster in their quest to help solve the case and claim a reward. After all, there can't be very many men in East Texas who drive a Dakota and own a Guy Fawkes mask.
If you can identify any of the burglars or know what happened to the stolen property, 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 might be eligible for a reward.
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.
10/29/2018 - Cold, Not Closed
Crime Stoppers attacks crime from all sides. We're ready to accept anonymously-provided crime-solving tips about crimes that haven't yet been reported to or discovered by law enforcement, we're there to publicize crimes and offer rewards at the beginning of investigations, and we profile cases not solved through traditional investigative means. The latter is where we're working this week, focusing on a case from this past summer.
Around 1:00 AM June 02, two burglars stole a backpack and a firearm from a vehicle parked at Clawson Assembly of God on Highway 69 North in Pollok. Other burglaries were reported in the area that night and investigators suspect the same burglars are responsible. Crime Stoppers has video from the church and it should be enough for someone to solve the case.
Portions of the video are included here and posted at facebook.com/639TIPS. The black and white video doesn't clearly show the burglars' identifying features. One appears to be a tall, thin, white male wearing a t-shirt and knee-length shorts. The other has darker skin and hair, and is shorter than the first, but also appears to be male. He was wearing a short-sleeve shirt, calf-length shorts, and dark, hightop shoes or boots. Both were carrying backpacks that seemed to be full.
If you can solve any of the burglaries, 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 might be eligible for a reward.
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.