11/11/2019 – Thou Shalt Not Steal
"Thou shalt not steal" is such a simple concept, it is your duty to respect the property of your neighbor, but it is disregarded so often that we, society at large, see theft as petty and make excuses for those committing the crime. Yes, theft, in all forms and regardless of imagined justification, is a crime.
Need, as in "he needed to steal because...", is the go-to-excuse for theft but it doesn't hold up to scrutiny. Many social programs of our great Republic—America is a representative Republic, not a Democracy, but that's a lesson for another time—rival those of socialist countries. You can argue, quite easily, that the social programs are fall from prefect but, from the subsidized health programs of Medicaid and Medicare to the food security programs of SNAP and WIC, we've reduced need to the point of it being difficult to see behind the behemoth that is desire.
We, all of us, must condemn thieves in order to stop the crimes. You can give to and assist the people you believe need to steal but excusing their criminal behavior is a major part of the problem.
This week's crime is a theft, a burglary and theft, and there is no justifying the criminal's actions.
The crime occurred October 11 at McDonald's, on S Timberland Dr in Lufkin, during the restaurant's breakfast rush (that’s pretty bold) and went undiscovered until a customer reported to employees a car parked in the rain with its window open. That customer respects the property of their neighbor.
Security camera video, portions of which are included here and posted across social media [Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube], showed that the vehicle's owner hadn't mistakenly left open the window. The window was broken out by a thief who climbed into the car, rummaged through every compartment and possession of the victim, and then crawled back out holding the victim's property, including several paychecks and several thousand dollars in cash. A bag and some of the checks were recovered days later near Lake Nacogdoches.
The security camera was mounted far from the car and the rain and darkness further reduce the clarity of the recording, but someone can help identify the thief. Crime Stoppers expects to receive tips pointing to "that homeless guy who walks the area" and "investigators need to look around such-and-such area" but an anonymous tipster will have to know more for a chance at a reward. They’ll need to correctly name the offender. Did you see someone dressed similarly in mid-October and did they have cash you know they couldn't have earned.
If you can help solve this case, 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. The entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.
Texas is awesome. This is true for many reasons but for Crime Stoppers, it's the protections afforded for tipsters that make this The Great State. Crime Stoppers exists in every state of the U.S. and in at least 24 other countries but Texas leads the way in protecting tipsters and in clearing the way for Crime Stoppers to operate.
In Texas, intentionally or knowingly divulging the identity of a Crime Stoppers Tipster is a crime. Crime Stoppers needs the information you have regarding crimes and criminals, not your name, and we pay rewards only for anonymous tips. A person who reveals their identity to law enforcement, or works with an officer/investigator, is an informant, not a Crime Stoppers Tipster, and they are not eligible for a reward. Not offering rewards to tipsters who identify themselves ensures a tipster's identity is never known and cannot be revealed to anyone—not law enforcement, not Crime Stoppers, not prosecutors, not defendants, not the community… 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, computer/phone IP address, or anything else that could be used to identify the tipster. The tipster must call back, use the app, or go online to check their reward eligibility.
Tipsters also must know their tip number and password; there is no way for Crime Stoppers to recover a lost tip number. If you forget or lose your tip number and password, you cannot check the status of the tip, submit updates to that tip, or claim a reward (if one is authorized). You can submit a new tip with the same information but that needs to happen before the case is solved or the wanted person is apprehended.
For crimes occurring in the counties of Angelina, Houston, Trinity, or Tyler, 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.
11/04/2019 – Remember Darrence
November 03 was the two-year anniversary of the murder of Darrence Kindle. The case remains unsolved but is actively being investigated by Lufkin Police Department, 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 across social media [Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube], 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.
10/28/2019 – Target Hardening
"Crime prevention" is a slightly misused, or maybe just misunderstood, term. There are people in our society, in every society, who choose to victimize others. You can point to socio-economic factors as the driving force behind criminal behavior but, when broken down to its simplest form, criminal activity comes down to a choice—the choice to place one's own needs or desires over those of another. Since people choose to be criminals, it might not be possible to prevent crime. Instead, we move it. By making ourselves harder targets, we move crime away from our homes, businesses, and vehicles. The criminals don't cease to exist, they just go to a softer target.
Take, for instance, vehicle burglaries and thefts. We make our vehicle a harder target by locking the doors, removing valuables that might entice a burglar, and park in well lit areas. For drivers of some trucks, that's not enough. Thieves have figured out how use a screw driver to defeat the door locks and ignition switch of some Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks. Crime Stoppers has video of a thief attempting to steal a 2004 F-350 from the parking lot of HEB in Lufkin.
The thief was interrupted by the vehicle owner. Otherwise, based on other recently stolen trucks, he would have been driving away in the truck within a few minutes.
The video shows the thief, a white male, walking through the parking lot and approaching the truck but he doesn't get close enough to security cameras for them to capture his face. When the truck's owner returns and finds the thief working on the lock of the driver's door, the thief ran away. The owner gave chase but soon lost the man.
Watch the video, if you can identify the thief, submit a tip by clicking the "Solve This" button below, by using Crime Stoppers' app, or by calling (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous, crime-solving tip might be eligible for a reward.
POSSIBLY SOLVED - 10/14/2019 – Yoga Instructor
WITHIN MINUTES OF POSTING THIS CRIME/VIDEO, NUMEROUS ANONYMOUS TIPSTERS IDENTIFIED THE SAME WOMAN AS THE ONE SEEN IN THE VIDEO. THE INVESTIGATING DETECTIVE MUST NOW ATTEMPT TO VERIFY THE SUSPECT’S IDENTITY AND, IF APPROPRIATE, SEEK AN ARREST WARRANT.
THE INVESTIGATION REMAINS OPEN BUT ADDITIONAL TIPS ARE NOT NEEDED AT THIS TIME
Two weeks ago, Crime Stoppers released video of a truck being stolen from the parking lot of a church on Raguet Street in Lufkin. That truck was recovered days later but the thieves were unknown and they had gotten away with several thousand dollars in cash, credit cards, and hundreds of dollars worth of tools. Several anonymous tips identified possible suspects in the truck theft, and that part of the case is being investigated.
This week, Crime Stoppers has video of a woman—her clothes indicate she might be a yoga instructor—who investigators say fraudulently used a credit that was stolen with the truck. The video, from a Lufkin convenience store, was recorded several hours after the truck was stolen, but it's unknown how the woman came into possession of the card.
The first part of the video (included here, and shared across social media), is in bad shape—it looks like a 1980s music video—but shows the woman arriving at the store as a passenger in a white, four-door Chrysler. The video from inside the store clearly shows the woman and, if you know her, you'll have no problem recognizing her. You might be her friend and think turning her in would be unfriendly, but you have to realize that she's going to be identified. Whether it's you or another of her friends, someone is gong to attempt to claim a reward for helping solve the crime. You might as well be the first to do it; the process truly is anonymous, so she won't know it was you.
If you can identify the woman, submit a tip by clicking the "Solve This" button below, by using Crime Stoppers' app, or by calling (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous, crime-solving tip might be eligible for a reward.
10/07/2019 – Uneducated
Few criminals fall into the "smart" category. Most leave behind evidence or commit a crime from which they cannot gain, and that describes this week's Crime of the Week suspects.
September 24, three uneducated criminals forced their way into Lufkin High School and stole 19 laptop computers. They covered their faces, likely believing that would protect them from security cameras, but, apparently, didn't think to park their car out of sight or to conceal their physical appearances to prevent someone figuring out who they are. Their ignorance also shined through in their choice of loot. The computers they stole were Apple's MacBook Pro, which, like an iPhone, are tied to iCloud accounts and cannot be readily used without first being deregistered from the owner's account.
The investigating officers identified the vehicle used by the criminals as a gold, 2005 to 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix. Since Pontiac closed shop and fewer Grand Prix are roaming the streets, finding who owns the car might be the quickest way to solve the burglary.
Included here, and shared across social media (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube), is video from the school. If you know who committed the crime, know who owns the vehicle, or know what happened to the stolen property, submit a tip by clicking the "Solve This" button below or by calling Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that assist the investigation might be eligible for a reward.
With Crime Stoppers, the entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster—no one, not even Crime Stoppers, knows the identity of those who submit tips.
09/30/2019 – Truck Thief - SOLVED
SOON AFTER POSTING THIS CRIME/VIDEO, NUMEROUS ANONYMOUS TIPSTERS IDENTIFIED THE SAME PERSON AS THE OFFENDER SEEN IN THE VIDEO. THE INVESTIGATING DETECTIVE MUST NOW ATTEMPT TO VERIFY THE SUSPECT’S IDENTITY AND, IF APPROPRIATE, SEEK AN ARREST WARRANT.
THE INVESTIGATION REMAINS OPEN BUT ADDITIONAL TIPS ARE NOT NEEDED AT THIS TIME
August 16, a truck was stolen from a church on N Raguet St in Lufkin. The truck has been recovered but investigators need help identifying the thief.
Security cameras show two young men approaching the church on foot just before 1:00 PM and entering the building through an open door. Inside, they encountered construction workers and claimed to be hot and looking for water, although they were drinking from a cup when they arrived. The workers escorted the pair out of the building and watched as they left the property, one walking and the other riding a skateboard.
As they left, a man parked his Mazda pick up outside the church and went inside, leaving the truck unlocked and idling. A few minutes later, the skateboarder, now on foot and no longer carrying his skateboard, sped away in the truck. Stolen with the truck was several thousand dollars in cash, several hundred dollars worth of tools, and the victim's credit card. The following day, the credit card was used at Domino's Pizza and a Chevron in Lufkin.
August 25, Lufkin PD officers recovered the truck from the 200 block of Forest Park Blvd but it was unoccupied. Inside the truck officers found narcotics paraphernalia and other stolen property, including a purse and identification belonging to an unrelated female victim.
Included here and shared across social media (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube), you'll find video of the truck thief and both the males. Only one was seen inside the truck but identifying the other would help solve the case.
If your anonymous tip assists the investigation, you might be eligible for a reward. Only with Crime Stoppers is the entire process, from tip to reward, handled without identifying the tipster.
08/13/2019 – Deadly Conduct
Around 3:15 AM today, Lufkin PD received a report of a vehicle burglary in progress at 109 Castlewood Circle, located off of Pershing Avenue. The homeowner reported being shot at by one of the burglars.
The homeowner said he woke to the sound of a small, possibly four-cylinder, car running near his house, and through a window saw an unknown man at the rear of his truck. He also saw the brake lamps of his neighbor’s car activate, indicating someone was inside the car.
The homeowner, who was unarmed because he left his gun inside his truck, walked outside to get a better look at the burglars. Seeing a second male jogging toward his neighbor’s car, he yelled at the criminals and, in response, one of them shot at him three times. The first bullet passed by the homeowner's head and another went through the windshield of his truck.
The homeowner dropped to the ground to prevent being shot; he was not injured during the incident. The burglars fled in the small car.
Both burglars were described as black males. One is approximately 6-foot tall and 225 pounds, and was wearing baggy clothes. The other is approximately 6-foot tall and 170 pounds, and was wearing a light-blue shirt and shorts.
This crime could have ended in the loss of a man's life and it should serve as a reminder to NEVER LEAVE GUNS IN YOUR CAR.
If you can identify the burglars, click the "Solve This" button below, use our mobile app, or call (936) 639-TIPS. You'll see other requests for assistance with this case but only tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and reward eligible. With Crime Stoppers, the entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.
07/15/2019 – Welcome, Tyler County
It's official, Tyler County is part of Crime Stoppers.
Last year, Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, requested Crime Stoppers bring its crime prevention and crime solving resources to the residents of Tyler County. Crime Stoppers' board of directors instructed its executive director, Detective JB Smith, to assist Tyler County law enforcement agencies with unsolved crimes while evaluating the feasibility of incorporating the county into its service area.
The evaluation period was productive. Peace officers from each of Tyler County's law enforcement agencies received training on Crime Stoppers' history, purpose, operating procedures, and statutes. Several active and cold cases were profiled. And, presentations to citizen groups explained and promoted Crime Stoppers.
Last week, Det. Smith and Tyler County SO Deputy Casey Whitworth appeared before the Texas Crime Stoppers Council to, an advisory board for the Governor that certifies local crime stopper organizations, to request the expansion into Tyler County be approved and certified. Recognizing that bringing Crime Stoppers to Tyler County will benefit area law enforcement officers, citizens, and schools, the Council approved the expansion.
Regarding the expansion, Det. Smith said; "we've always tried to help the counties surrounding Angelina, and will continue to do so. Criminals don't stop at county lines and having Tyler County a permanent part of our recognized service area make sense."
Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit corporation operated by a civilian board of directors. Donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations support the organization, and fees paid by convicted offenders are used to fund rewards.
Information on unsolved crimes and wanted persons can be found on this website and across social media by following @639TIPS (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube). Rewards are available for anonymous, crime solving tips but only if submitted directly to Crime Stoppers by clicking one of the Tip buttons on this website, using Crime Stoppers' mobile app, or calling (936) 639-TIPS). With Crime Stoppers, the entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.
06/02/2019 – Indecent Exposer
Crime Stoppers wants your help identifying a creep who exposed and touched his genitals in the presence of an employee at Walmart in Lufkin.
According to the police report, about 1:45 AM May 18, an unidentified black male approached a female employee stocking shelves in the infant products section of the store. He asked her where he would find training pants and she directed him to the correct isle. The employee returned to her work but the man didn't leave.
Instead, he watched the employee. When she realized he had exposed and was touching his genitals in a manner intended to gratify a sexual desire, she told a nearby employee what was happening. Seeing he was caught, the man ran away. The other employee went to the front of the store but the man was not found.
Included here, and posted to our @639TIPS social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube), is video of a slim-build black male entering and leaving the store. He was wearing a visor-style hat turned backwards and carrying a towel over his left shoulder. He came and went from the store on foot, and was last seen running across the parking lot in the direction of Taco Bell. According to the police report, the man shown in the video and in the image included here is the indecent exposer.
If you can identify the suspect, click the "Solve This" button below, use our app, or call (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous, and an anonymous, crime-solving tip might be eligible for a reward.
With Crime Stoppers, the entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.
05/27/2019 – Mobile Banking
Automated Teller Machines, ATMs, have been a convenient way to bank for more than 50 years. What began as a way to deposit funds into your account has become a full-fledged bank-in-a-box available everywhere, even in convenience stores.
This week's Crime of the Week case takes us to a convenience store, Loves, on Highway 59 North in Angelina County. There, around 3:00 AM on May 11, thieves took the term "mobile banking" to its extreme by stealing an ATM from inside the store.
Security video, included here and shared via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, shows a green or blue, four-door Ford truck stopping outside the entrance doors to the store and a thief wearing a red hoodie entering the building carrying a tow strap. He wrapped the strap around a freestanding ATM that was mounted near the doors. The other end of the strap was hooked to the truck, and the ATM was dragged out of the building when the driver pulled away. Once outside, and out of view of the cameras, the small ATM could be loaded into the bed of the truck.
Employees said two black males were involved, the one who entered the store wearing a hoodie and the driver of the truck. The truck, thieves, and ATM were last seen headed north on Highway 59.
Watch the video and, if you can solve the case, click the "Solve This" button below, use our app, or call (936) 639-TIPS. Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous, and an anonymous, crime-solving tip might be eligible for a reward. Anonymity isn't Crime Stoppers promise, it's the the law.
04/16/2019 – 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.
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.
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.