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If you can provide any information about these crimes or any person(s) involved, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or submit an anonymous Web Tip.  You never have to give your name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information you provide leads to the arrest of a felony offender.


5/27/2013 - Laundry Mat LootersSOLVED

A tipster identified one of the suspects in this case, Gladdin Louis Presley, and that information assisted in identifying two other suspects, Tanner Joseph Drake Weeks and Lisa Rachelle Evans.  The investigator responsible for this case verified the suspects` identities and obtained appropriate arrest warrants.

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May 06, 2013, criminals burglarized a change machine and damaged video cameras inside a laundry mat in Diboll, Texas.  Investigators obtained video from the laundry mat`s security cameras but the cameras did not capture the crimes.

Investigators believe that the criminals benefited from the motion sensing function of the cameras.  The camera system only captured video when it sensed motion, so by remaining out of the cameras` field of view and then using spray paint to cover the lenses of the cameras, the criminals kept their actions hidden.

In viewing video from the minutes prior to the cameras being disabled, investigators saw four persons with whom they wish to speak concerning this case: a white male and a white female estimated to be 25 to 35 years old and a white male and a white female estimated to be 17 to 20 years old.  Both women have long, dark hair that they wore pulled up in a ponytail style.  Both men have light hair cut very short.  The older man wore a Texas Longhorns hat and has a mark or tattoo on the back of his neck.

Click here to view portions of the videos showing the men with whom investigators wish to speak.

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5/20/2013 - Can you hear me now?SOLVED
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Multiple tipsters identified Richard Leroy Gilbert Jr. as the suspect in this case.  Investigators verified the suspect`s identity and obtained a warrant for his arrest for the offense of Theft, a Class A Misdemeanor.  June 12, 2013, Richard Gilbert surrendered at Angelina County Jail.

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In April, the male suspect, shown here in an image pulled from security camera video, stole an Apple iPhone 5 from a Verizon store in Lufkin.  The suspect didn`t move like a seasoned thief and he might have entered the store as a customer.  Whether a calculated act or a crime of opportunity, he stole a $650 telephone.

Videos captured by the store`s cameras show that the suspect entered the store and walked directly to the iPhone display.  Employees believe that he disconnected the security sensor from an iPhone 5 and then walked away from the display, possibly waiting to see if an alarm would sound.  After wondering around the store for a while, he made his way back to the iPhone. 

A quick look around the room told him that the lone employee was busy assisting a customer.  Confident that he could bypass the alarm and the employee, the suspect slipped the phone into his pants pocket and causally walked out of the store.

This thief, like so many others, failed to realize that his crime affects everyone and that honest, hardworking citizens will want to see him arrested.

Click here to view portions of the videos showing the suspect and his crime.

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5/13/2013 - Purse Plundering at the Post Office

Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help solving a series of vehicle burglaries and credit fraud cases.

 

Recently, criminals burglarized vehicles parked outside a post office in Livingston, Texas.  Investigators believe that the burglars waited in the post office parking lot for a customer to leave a purse unattended inside a vehicle, and then broke a window of the vehicle and stole the purse. 

 

Within minutes of the vehicle burglaries, the victims` credit and debit cards were fraudulently used at area businesses to purchase expensive electronics merchandise or high-dollar-value gift cards.

 

Investigators know that the suspects used two vehicles while committing these crimes.  At Walmart in Cleveland, Texas, the suspects drove a blue 2010- to 2012-year-model Dodge Avenger and at Walmart in Livingston, they drove a tan, four-door vehicle.

 

After viewing video from security cameras at Walmart, investigators selected four men that they want to speak with concerning these crimes: a middle-aged white male who stands approximately six feet tall and weighs approximately 175 pounds; a young white male who stands approximately five feet, ten inches tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds; a young black male who stands approximately five feet, six inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds; and a man described only as an older white male.

 

Click here to view portions of the videos showing the men with whom investigators wish to speak.

 

If you can identify these men or the criminals responsible for these vehicle burglary and credit card fraud cases, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or click here to submit an anonymous tip.  You never have to give your name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest related to these crimes.

 

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5/6/2013 - Purse Snatcher

Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help identifying a purse snatcher.

 

At 7:30 on the morning of January 26, 2013, an unidentified suspect stole the purse of a customer in the parking lot of a grocery store located in the 300 block of South Chestnut Street in Lufkin.  Video cameras mounted outside the grocery store captured images of the suspect and the crime.

 

The videos show that the suspect waited outside for the victim to exit the store, and then followed her to her vehicle.  After the victim placed her groceries in the trunk of her vehicle and moved toward the driver`s door, the suspect ran passed her, grabbing her purse from her arm.

 

The victim was not injured but the suspect stole her purse, mobile telephone, and money.  The victim and a witness described the suspect as a white male dressed in black clothing with a black beanie-style hat on his head.  The suspect might have a tattoo on his neck and he might have arrived at the store on a bicycle.

 

The suspect did not enter the store and the outside cameras did not capture the suspect`s face so investigators need your help to solve this case.  Click here to view portions of the videos showing the suspect and his crime.

 

If you can identify the criminal responsible for this theft or provide information concerning this crime, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or click here to submit an anonymous tip.  You never have to give your name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest related to this crime.

 

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4/29/2013 - Masked Burglars

Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help solving a residential burglary.

 

At 3:30 PM on Tuesday, April 09, 2013, unidentified suspects burglarized a residence located in the 1000 block of Crooked Creek Drive in Lufkin.  Video cameras mounted outside the victim`s residence captured images of the suspects and their vehicle coming and going from the residence.

 

The videos show that at 2:30 PM, a small SUV parked in the victims` driveway and the driver of the vehicle approached the front door of the residence.  After knocking at the door and getting no response, the suspects drove away.  Over the next forty-five minutes, the suspect vehicle, a red or maroon early 2000`s model Honda CR-V, drove passed the residence more than a dozen times.  Minutes after the suspect vehicle`s last pass by the residence, the homeowner arrived, dropped off his sons, and left again.

 

Just before 3:30 PM, while the victim`s sons were inside, two suspects entered through the rear of the residence and stole a television, a wallet, and a jar of coins.  It appears that the suspects parked their vehicle at another location, possibly at Trails Apartments on Crooked Creek Drive, and made their way along a creek to reach the residence.

 

Click here to view portions of the videos showing the suspects and their vehicle.

 

If you can identify the criminals responsible for this burglary or provide information concerning the location of the stolen property, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or click here to submit an anonymous tip.  You never have to give your name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest related to this crime.

 

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4/22/2013 - Day Breakers

Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help solving a residential burglary.

 

Between 2:00 and 3:00 PM on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, unidentified actors burglarized a residence located in the 1300 block of Scott Street in Lufkin.  Video cameras mounted outside a neighbor`s residence captured images of a suspect vehicle coming and going from the residence.

 

The videos show that just before 2:00 PM an SUV pulled into the victims` driveway, only to leave again one minute later.  Over the next hour, the suspect vehicle drove past the residence several times and pulled into the driveway twice more.  The vehicle never spent more than a couple of minutes stopped at the residence so it appears that someone exited the vehicle and burglarized the residence while the driver circled the block.  The vehicle seen in the videos is a green or blue second generation (1995-2001) Ford Explorer.

 

Items reported by the victims as stolen from the residence include; three televisions (Insignia 46", LG 30", and Samsung 19"), a Samsung digital camcorder, an ASUS netbook computer, an HP laptop computer, a Sony laptop computer, a Sony tablet computer, a Nintendo Wii gaming system (with Wii Fit Board and game disc), an HTC Hero mobile telephone (white), a Motorola mobile telephone (black), two large plastic tubes containing DVD movies, and numerous items of clothing.

 

Click here to view portions of the videos showing the suspect vehicle.

 

If you can identify the criminals responsible for this burglary, provide information concerning the location of the stolen property, or provide any information concerning this crime, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or click here to submit an anonymous tip.  You never have to give your name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest related to this crime.

 

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4/3/2013 - Stolen Vehicles
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At approximately 1:15 PM on April 01, 2013, an unidentified black male suspect stole a red, 2000 Chevrolet single-cab truck from the parking lot of a doctor`s office located in the 1300 block of West Frank Avenue.

 

The victim, the 81-year-old driver/owner of the truck, told the investigating officer that he parked the vehicle outside the doctor`s office, tossed his keys onto the driver`s seat, and entered the building.  When he returned to the parking lot, approximately one hour later, the truck was gone.  

 

A witness told the victim that he observed a black male take the truck.  The witness stated that the suspect walked into the parking lot from behind the building and then walked to the front door of the building.  The witness stated that the suspect stopped at the door, returned to the parking lot, entered the victim`s vehicle, and drove away.  The witness stated that he had not seen the victim exit the vehicle and did not know the suspect was stealing it until an hour later when he was approached by the victim.

 

The suspect in this crime was described as a 20- to 30-year-old black male wearing dark pants and a dark blue t-shirt with white emblem on its front.  Video captured by a camera mounted outside the front door to the building briefly shows the suspect at the front of the building and a second camera shows the vehicle driving out of the parking lot and onto West Frank Avenue.  Click here to view the videos.

 

At this time, Lufkin PD Detectives have not definitively linked this crime to the April 02, 2013, theft of a 2010 Toyota Tundra from Kid Kountry Day Care, located at 2505 West Frank Avenue.  The driver of the Tundra left the vehicle`s engine running and her six-year-old daughter in its backseat while she went inside the day care to retrieve her other daughter.  She stated that when she exited the building she saw the vehicle driving westbound on West Frank Avenue. 

 

Lufkin PD Dispatchers notified all area law enforcement agencies of the incident and requested assistance locating the child and vehicle.  Moments later, the Dispatchers learned that the child was released, physically unharmed, in the parking lot of Bower Mobile Home Park in Hudson, which is located on West Frank Avenue (Highway 94) approximately one mile west of the day care.  The suspect in that crime was described as a 20- to 25-year-old black male with short, possibly curly hair, wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts, and white and black shoes.

 

The red, single-cab Chevrolet truck has not yet been recovered but, at approximately 6:00 PM on April 02, Angelina County Sheriff`s Office Deputies and Hudson PD Officers located the Toyota Tundra in the parking lot of Hudson Green Apartments, located at 840 Mount Carmel Road.

 

The suspects, or possibly suspect, in these crimes have not been identified.

 

If you can identify the person, or persons, responsible for these crimes, or provide information concerning the location of the unrecovered stolen vehicles, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or click here to submit an anonymous tip.  You never have to give your name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest related to these crimes.

 

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4/1/2013 - When it Absolutely, Positively has to be Stolen Overnight
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Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help identifying a burglary suspect.

 

In February, a loss prevention employee for Federal Express reported to Lufkin Police Department that on at least two occasions that month packages had disappeared from the company`s distribution center on Spence Street in Lufkin.

 

The company`s package tracking process showed that the missing packages had arrived at the Lufkin facility but never left.  This information allowed the company and Lufkin Police Department investigators to narrow their search for the cause or culprit.  When the investigation eliminated employee errors as the cause and determined that packages disappeared during nighttime hours, they knew they were looking for a burglar.

 

The investigators deployed a thermal imaging camera to monitor the likely point of entry into the building and captured video of a suspect scaling the fence of the facility and defeating the locking mechanism of a loading bay door.  A camera inside the building captured a still image of the suspect stealing packages.

 

The still image shows that the suspect is a black male wearing a hooded sweatshirt but investigators need your help to identify him.

 

Click here to view portions of the thermal imaging camera video.

 

If you can identify this criminal, or provide any information concerning this crime, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or click here to submit an anonymous tip.  You never have to give your name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest related to this crime.

 

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3/25/2013 - Portable PlayStation
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Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help identifying a male thief who stole more than $300 worth of merchandise from a Lufkin business.

 

Just before lunch on October 26th, the thief entered a video game store in Lufkin and browsed the merchandise. 

 

When the store`s clerk was distracted assisting a customer, the thief shoved three shirts and a set of game console cables down the front of his pants.  He then moved to another area of the store, positioning himself near several game console demonstration units on top of a display case. 

 

The thief`s target was a PlayStation3 game console and, after a couple of hesitant attempts, he unplugged it, tucked it under his sweatshirt, and left the store.

 

The images shown at right were taken from the store`s security video and show that the thief was a white male with a mustache and a receding hairline.  He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans; the sweatshirt was a pullover-type and had what appears to be white lettering across its front. 

 

Click here to view portions of the store’s security videos showing the thief and his crime.

 

If you can identify this criminal, or provide any information concerning this crime, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or click here to submit an anonymous tip.  You never have to give your name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest related to this crime.

 

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2/25/2013 - Big Screen TheftSOLVED
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Multiple tipsters identified Christopher Paul Griffin as the suspect in this case. 

 

Click to Enlarge Christopher Paul GriffinCrime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help identifying a suspect involved in the theft of merchandise from a Lufkin-area department store.

 

According to the store’s loss prevention employee, the suspect entered the store just before noon on December 17, 2012, and pushed an empty shopping cart to the electronics department.  The store`s security video shows that the suspect spent a few moments browsing before selecting a forty-six-inch Sanyo brand LCD 1080p HD television, loaded it into the shopping cart, and then pushing the cart and TV out of the store without paying.

 

From the security video, you can see that the suspect is a white male who, at the time of the theft, had dark and short-cut hair and thin facial hair.  He wore a grey hooded sweat shirt, blue t-shirt, black pants, and black shoes.

 

Before store employees reacted to the theft, the suspect loaded the television into a vehicle and fled the area.  A witness described the suspect`s vehicle as a silver sports utility vehicle, possibly a Toyota 4Runner.

 

Click here to view portions of the store’s security videos showing the suspect in the store and stealing the television.

 

 

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