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Beginning February 16, 2015, Crime Stoppers of Lufkin's Crime of the Week case will also appear on the Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers website.  At www.DETCS.tips you will find information concerning crimes and wanted persons from Angelina and surrounding counties.

Three options for submitting a tip:

  • Online (Submit a Tip)
  • Telephone (936-639-TIPS)
  • Text message (text keyword 639TIPS and your tip information to CRIMES -- numerically, CRIMES is 274637)

Crime Stoppers programs are private, non-profit organizations that assist law enforcement but are not part of law enforcement.  As long as the tipster uses the published Crime Stoppers tipline telephone number, website address, or text message instructions, neither Crime Stoppers nor any law enforcement officer/investigator will know the tipster’s identity.  Anonymity is not Crime Stoppers’ promise -- it is the law.  In Texas, a person, including a law enforcement officer, may commit a crime if they intentionally or knowingly divulge the identity of a Crime Stoppers Tipster.  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.

Tips are accepted regarding any crime or wanted person, whether publicized by Crime Stoppers or not.  In-progress crimes and emergencies should be reported to law enforcement (dial 9-1-1 for emergencies).


7/11/2011 - Another Lost and FoundSOLVED
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Some adults never learned that “Finders keepers, losers weepers” is nothing more than a schoolyard adage.  In the real world, acquiring or otherwise exercising control over property and withholding the property from its owner, demanding compensation for returning the property to its owner, or disposing of property in a manner that makes recovery by its owner unlikely, is a criminal offense.  That is exactly what the suspect shown in the video and image linked at right did on June 13th at a Lufkin-area gas station.

The male suspect parked his white, four-door, four-wheel-drive, Ford truck, at a gas pump, walked to the cahier’s booth, and paid for fuel.  While waiting for a receipt, the suspect reached to the ground and picked up a wallet mistakenly dropped by its owner.  Apparently unaware of the camera directly over his head, the suspect opened the wallet and saw the victim’s cash; $300, according to the police report.  The suspect stole the cash from the wallet and threw the wallet back to ground before taking his fuel receipt and walking away as if nothing unusual had happened.

The next customer to approach the cashier’s booth saw the wallet and did the right thing; she turned it over to the cashier so that the owner might recover it, which he did.

Click on the still image at right to see an enlarged image of the suspect, and click on “Click to view movie” at right to view portions of the security video showing the male suspect.

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7/4/2011 - Felonious FemaleSOLVED
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Investigators need your help to identify the female suspect shown in the video and image at right. The suspect used a stolen credit at a Lufkin Mall business only minutes after the card was stolen from the dressing room of another Mall business.

 

The victim briefly left her purse unattended in a dressing room while she went back to the clothes rack for a different size. When the victim went to the cash register to make her purchase, she realized that someone had stolen her wallet from within her purse.

 

The victim immediately reported the theft to Lufkin Police Department and to her credit card issuer but the card had already been used to make four purchases. The suspect shown here spent $79 at GNC in Lufkin Mall, and then the card was used for two purchases, totaling $186, at Rue21 in Lufkin and to purchase $43 in fuel from TexasStar gas station in Lufkin.

 

Based upon the video, the suspect is a heavy-set or pregnant, middle-aged female with dark, shoulder length hair, a band-style tattoo above her right ankle, a tattoo on her right upper arm, and a tattoo in the web of her right hand. At the time of this crime, the suspect worn a dark-colored, short-sleeve shirt, light-colored shorts, and flip flops.

 

Click on the still image at right to see an enlarged image of the suspect, and click on “Click to view movie” at right to view portions of the security video showing the female suspect.

 

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6/20/2011 - Lost and FoundSOLVED
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Most of us have, at some point in our lives, mistakenly left something in a public place or found something left by another.

 

Panic is the typical reaction to realizing we misplace an item of significant value.  Whether the value is monetary or personal, we panic because we realize that not everyone will return our property if they find it.

 

In Texas, a person commits a criminal offense if they acquire or otherwise exercise control over property and withhold the property from its owner, demand compensation for returning the property to its owner, or dispose of property in a manner that makes recovery by its owner unlikely.  That is exactly what the suspect shown in the image and video at right did on June 14th in a Lufkin-area parking lot.

 

The male suspect parked his white, extended-cab truck, possibly a mid-90’s Dodge Dakota, in a handicap parking space and in a nearby shopping cart found a Luis Vuitton bag mistakenly left behind moments earlier by its owner.  The suspect took the bag, which contained a Walther .380 pistol, back to his vehicle before riding a motorized shopping cart into the store.

 

This suspect chose not to do the right thing and took the bag instead of helping the owner recover it, but several Crime Stoppers Tipsters did the right thing by helping investigators identify him.

 

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5/30/2011 - Bold Beer BanditSOLVED
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Convenient store employee reported to Angelina County Sheriff’s Office that on Saturday, May 21, 2011, a male suspect stole beer from Hernandez Grocery, located on Highway 103 West at FM 706 in Lufkin.

 

The employee stated that the suspect entered the store through restaurant portion of the building, grabbed a package of Bud Light beer from a floor display, and then exited the store without making payment.  The suspect then made his way to a waiting vehicle and fled the area.

 

At the time of the theft, the white, male suspect was wearing a grey t-shirt, camo-print shorts, flip-flops, and had a pair of sunglasses on his head.

 

Portions of the security camera-captured video of the suspect can be viewed by clicking [ Click to View Movie ].

 

Investigators believe a connection exists between the suspect and three persons seen outside of the store.  The security video files show that prior to and immediately following the theft, the suspect had contact outside of the store with a male and two females.  Investigators do not have information directly linking the other persons to the theft but believe identifying them may lead to identifying the suspect.

 

Crime Stoppers chose to profile this theft as a warning to other would-be thieves.  Thefts such as this typically are misdemeanor offenses but punishments can still be stiff, and prior convictions for any grade of theft can enhance the punishment to a State Jail Felony.

 

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3/28/2011 - Unabashed BurglarsSOLVED
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Vehicle burglaries can, and do, happen anytime and anyplace.  The following incident illustrates that point all too well.

 

On March 01, 2011 a family did what many of us do on a regular basis, they parked their vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart in Lufkin and went inside the store to shop.  Their evening left its routine path when they returned to their vehicle and discovered that it had been burglarized.

 

Security video, provided by Walmart, helped investigators determine that the suspects were driving is a white, 1995 to 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe, which they parked next to the victims` vehicle.  While one suspect stood at the front of the Saturn with the hood open, presumably pretending to work on it, another suspect entered the vehicle and stole a 12" car stereo speaker in a speaker box.  With their actions seemingly unnoticed by others in the parking lot, the suspects loaded the stolen property in the Tahoe and drove away.

 

This crime occurred just after 7:00 PM, in a busy parking lot, and the victims’ 1997 Saturn is not what most of us would consider an obvious target for burglars.  If it can happen to these victims, it can happen to any of us.

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1/31/2011 - ATM VandalSOLVED
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Lufkin Police Department needs your help to identify the person responsible for vandalizing a local Automated Teller Machine (ATM).

 

Just before 5:00 AM on the morning of January 22, 2011, an unidentified male suspect spent several minutes attempting to operate an ATM located in the 900 block of Pershing Avenue in Lufkin and then destroyed the machine’s video camera.  Based upon the ATM’s video files, the suspect, who was apparently unaware that destroying the camera did nothing to protect his identity, was the rear seat passenger in a small four-door vehicle with damage to the paint of its roof.  The vehicle, which may be a Nissan Altima, was driven by a female and had another passenger in the front passenger seat.

 

The suspect, shown here in images captured by the camera he destroyed, is a Hispanic male and was wearing a white with blue pinstripes button-down shirt and a blue zipper-front Adidas brand track jacket with three, white stripes running the length of each sleeve.  Click the image at right to enlarge and click [ Click to View Movie ] to see a looped portion of the security video.

 

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11/29/2010 - Runaway Blu-raySOLVED
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Just after 1:00 P.M. on October 13, 2010, a thief attempted to steal merchandise from a business located in the 3000 block of South John Redditt Drive, and investigators need your assistance to identify him.

 

The white male suspect, seen here in images captured by the store’s security camera system, and another subject entered into the store together and made their way to the store’s electronics section.  Once separated from the other subject, the suspect picked up several Sony brand Blu-ray players and walked to the front of the store.  When he by-passed the cash registers, it was clear that the suspect intended to steal the merchandise instead of paying for it.

 

The suspect looked around the front of the store to see if anyone was watching him and then tried to exit the store with the stolen Blu-ray players.  He might have been successful but was tripped up by trying to go the wrong way through the automatic doors.  He dropped the merchandise and ran back into the store when a loss prevention employee tried to detain him.

 

Although he didn’t get away with the merchandise, the suspect was able to lose the chasing employee, exit the store, and flee the area in a waiting vehicle.

 

Click the image at right to enlarge.

 

**Investigators are only attempting to identify the subject wearing the white t-shirt and blue jeans**

 

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11/15/2010 - Pair of ThievesSOLVED
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On the morning of October 23, 2010, a wallet and credit cards were stolen from an office in Woodland Heights Hospital, and the hospital’s security video camera system captured images of the female suspect shown here entering and exiting the office.

 

A short time later, a citizen found the wallet discarded on top of a dumpster located outside of Starbucks, located in the 2200 block of South First Street in Lufkin.  When found, the wallet was inside of a plastic bag from Walmart and further investigation revealed that the male suspect shown here and the female suspect seen in the hospital’s security video fraudulently utilized credit cards from the wallet to makes purchases from Walmart.

 

Walmart’s security video camera system captured images of the suspects arriving and departing together in a white, four-door car.  The video shows that the female suspect used one of the stolen credit cards to purchase an HP brand laptop computer and the male suspect attempted to use another card to purchase a desktop computer.

 

Click [ Click to View Movie ] to see a portions of the security videos from Woodland Heights Hospital and Walmart.

 

If you can identify either of these criminals or provide any information concerning these crimes, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or submit an anonymous tip by clicking [ SOLVE THIS CRIME ].  You never have to give your name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to a felony arrest related to this type of crime.

 

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10/11/2010 - Coin-Op. TheftSOLVED
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Just after midnight on September 16, 2010 a man stole a coin-operated machine from the parking lot of an Atkinson Drive convenient store.

 

The male suspect, shown here in security camera captured images, spent approximately forty-five minutes in and around the store.  The timestamp of the store’s video system indicates that the suspect parked his truck on the south side of the store just before 11:30 P.M. and spent several minutes working on his truck before entering into the store.  The video shows that he purchased motor oil from the store and then returned to the parking lot and resumed his work on his truck.

 

Approximately ten minutes after midnight the suspect used his truck and a chain to pull the store’s a coin-operated automotive air and water dispenser from the ground; he can be seen stopping to adjust the chain before driving away, dragging the machine behind him.

 

The suspect is a bald, white male with, what appears to be, a white- or grey-in-color chin curtain style bread, and he was driving an older, single-cab Ford truck.  Click on the image of the suspect to enlarged.

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10/4/2010 - Snatch and GoSOLVED
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On August 27, 2010 a thief snatched money from the cash register of a Lufkin-area convenience store.

 

The male suspect shown here entered the South Timberland Drive convenient store around 11:45 P.M., just before the convenient store closed for the day.  When the store clerk opened the cash register, the suspect reached across cash registered counter and grabbed a handful of cash from the cash drawer.  The clerk tried to stop the suspect but the suspect pulled his hand, and the money, away and fled on-foot from the store.

 

The store clerk pursued the suspect out of the store but lost sight of him in a nearby neighborhood.  The clerk walked back to the store to contact Lufkin Police Department and to review video captured by the store’s security video camera system.  Click on the image of the suspect to see an enlarged image.  Portions of the video captured by the business’ security cameras can be viewed by clicking on [ Click to View Movie ].

 

At the time of the crime, the suspect was wearing long black shorts, a black shirt, and a black hooded sweatshirt.

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