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Crime of the Week

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.

Two secure, anonymous options for submitting a tip:

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).


6/22/2015 - Vending Machine Vendetta
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Crime Stoppers wants to identify a woman who twice attempted to burglarize a vending machine.  She ultimately destroyed the machine and ended her chances of getting to its contents.

May 18 and June 11 cameras at a washateria on Abney Avenue in Lufkin captured video of a woman trying to beat, pry, and shake her way into a snack machine.  In May,she used a stick in an effort to turn two cameras and hide her actions.  One camera turned after it broke from its mount but the other continued to record everything she did.  She then used the stick in a futile struggle against the machine’s lock and door, breaking the stick in the process.  She left that day empty-handed but returned in June.

Having gained a little experience from the mistakes of her first attempt she switched tactics, choosing to overturn the machine.  Although she destroyed the vending machine, she failed to think through her plan and ended up with the machine glass-side down and her unable to get to goodies inside.

The suspect is a black female who, at the time of May incident, wore a purple, short-sleeve, collared shirt, culottes-style shorts, and black tennis shoes.  She wore a grey, sleeveless shirt, white plaid-pattern pants, and black shoes when she returned in June.  Videos of both incidents show her wearing what looks like a large-face wristwatch.

Included here are portions of the videos of the suspect and her vending machine burglary attempts.  Click here to view a 7-minute, 45-second version of the videos; it’s good for a few extra laughs.

If you can solve this crime, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve this Crime” link below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.  

You have to be quick if you want to be the first to submit a Crime Stoppers tip.  Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers will accept tips until the case is solved but a reward can only be paid to the first, most accurate tip we receive.

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6/15/2015 - Felony Forklift Fraud
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Angelina County law enforcement officers are looking for a man who sold a rented forklift.

Friday, June 12, 2015, Angelina County Precinct Two Constable Tom Selman responded to a report involving the theft and sale of a Toyota forklift. According to the victim, he agreed to purchase the forklift from a man he did not know and they agreed to meet in a parking lot on Timberland Drive in Lufkin.  The two met, the victim inspected and paid for the forklift, the seller left, and the victim contacted a towing company to move his new equipment.

The victim first learned that he had been fooled when the tow truck driver informed him that the same driver and truck had delivered the forklift to the purchase site.  Earlier in the day, the driver picked up the forklift from a rental company and delivered it to the seller at the same location where the victim purchased it.

Rental records show that the “seller” is Robert Duncan.  Duncan is a 49-year-old white male.  He has a thin build, his hair is cut very short, and he has a circular-shaped tattoo on him right forearm.  Duncan’s connection to Lufkin has not yet been established; he has an expired Indiana driver`s license and might have headed to Arkansas when he completed he fraudulent sale.

Duncan left Lufkin at approximately 4:30 PM Friday, June 12, headed northbound on Highway 59 driving a late model, white Chevrolet Express Van.  At the time of the crime, the van possibly displayed Arkansas or Indiana license plates.  

Duncan is shown here in an image captured at the time of the crime; he is standing between the white van and forklift.

If you can provide the current location of Robert Duncan, or if you can provide information that might lead law enforcement officers to him, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve this Crime” link below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.

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6/8/2015 - Wrong Wire
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We are so accustom to being connected through our mobile phones to friends, family, work, and social media that we feel lost anytime there is a slight service interruption.  

Have you recently experienced that out-of-touch feeling, had a moment where your Snapchat selfie would not send, or been left staring at three dots waiting for an iMessage reply that didn’t arrive?  If so, don’t throw your phone or threaten to break your contract and switch providers, focus your frustration on helping Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers solve a burglary and vandalism case that might have caused your pain.

Just before 4:00 PM May 18, a cell site technician responded to a report of an outage at an antenna site on Leslie Lane in Lufkin.  He found that the outage was due to several cut cables and missing wires.

The damage appears to have been caused by an inept thief attempting to steal copper wire from equipment at the site.  While looking for and stealing a couple of hundred dollars worth of copper, the thief caused the service outage and more than $20,000 in damage by cutting fiber optic cables.

If you can identify the person, or persons, responsible for this crime or similar crimes, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve this Crime” link below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.

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6/2/2015 - Tyler County Deer Camp Burglaries
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Tyler County law enforcement agencies are attempting to identify the persons responsible for Deer Camp burglaries.  

Among the items stolen were; window-mounted air conditioners, camo clothing, a Cabela`s brand Yutrax utility trailer (new in the box), ammunition (7mm, 8mm, .44 magnum, .22 LR, and .22 magnum), and a small flat screen TV.

The image shown here is a composite of two game-camera photos, one taken in March and one taken May.  

The blue tank top worn by the man on the left has what appears to be a logo with the silhouette of Texas on its front.  The man has a large, colorful tattoo on his right upper arm.

The man wearing the grey shirt has a tattoo on his left forearm.  The tattoo looks like a word, possibly a name, and he might have a similar tattoo on his right forearm.

If you can identify either of these men or provide information concerning the burglaries, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve this Crime” link below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.

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6/1/2015 - Burglary and Fraud - Suspect IdentifiedSOLVED
The driver of a maroon, four-door car is a suspect in nearly a dozen credit card fraud incidents stemming from vehicle burglaries that occurred May 10 on Champions Drive in Lufkin.

Around 2:00 AM May 10, the victim woke to the sound of their vehicle alarm.  When they investigated, they found that the three vehicles parked in their driveway had been burglarized.  A purse, credit cards, checkbooks, a briefcase, and a Dell Latitude laptop computer were among the items stolen.

Following the trail of fraudulent credit card transactions led to video of a suspect and his vehicle.  The suspect is a tall, thin black male with short-cut hair and an earring in his left ear.  The vehicle he drove while spending the victim’s money is a maroon, late model Chevrolet Malibu with factory-style chrome wheels and chrome accents.

The suspect`s shopping list included snacks, video games, and an Xbox One game system. He must be the generous type because he also used the stolen cards to fill the fuel tanks of three people’s vehicles.

If you can identify this suspect, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve this Crime” link below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.

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5/25/2015 - Probation Absconder
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Crime Stoppers and Angelina County Probation Officers are looking for a probation absconder who was sentenced to eight years of community supervision after being convicted of a second degree felony crime.

As of May 25, 2015, Sonya Elaine Moye is wanted on a probation warrant related to her arrest in 2005 for the offense of Robbery.

In 2006, Moye was convicted and sentenced to eight years of probation.  In subsequent years, courts issued orders imposing additional terms of probation and orders extending her community supervision but she has failed to comply with the terms of her sentence and in January of this year an Angelina County Court issued a revocation of probation warrant.

Sonya Elaine Moye is a 41-year-old black female with black hair and brown eyes who stands approximately 5 feet tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds.  The images included here were taken following a December 2012 arrest.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be current or correct when read.  Warrants and charges 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 Sonya Elaine Moye, or if you can provide information that might lead to her arrest, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This Crime” link below.  All calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.

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5/18/2015 - Bungled BurglarySOLVED
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UPDATED 05/19/2015

Crime is never funny but its hard not to laugh at a criminal who injures himself while committing the crime.

Around 11:30 the night of May 11, 2015, a Lufkin resident heard noises at his front door.  When he went to investigate, he saw a young white male running away.  To figure out what the young man was doing outside the house, the resident turned to the security camera that monitors the front door. 

The video showed that the noises were the rocks being thrown at his house and the suspect kicking and hitting the front door.  Before tripping over the edge of a raised flowerbed and stumbling into the darkness, the suspect burned his hand trying to unscrew a light bulb. 

The suspect was identified May 19, 2015.  While the investigation is not complete, the incident appears to be one of criminal mischief and not a burglary attempt.

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5/11/2015 - Felony Absconder
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Crime Stoppers and Angelina County Probation Officers are looking for a probation absconder who was sentenced to five years of community supervision after being convicted of two drug-related crimes.

As of May 11, 2015, Koty Joe Jones is wanted on two felony probation warrants related to his arrest and conviction for the offense of transporting a chemical with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance and for the offense of possession of a controlled substance.

In 2010 and 2011, Jones was sentenced to five years of probation but he has failed to comply with the terms of his sentence and in March of this year an Angelina County Court issued two revocation of probation warrants.

Koty Joe Jones is a 31-year-old white male with brown hair and brown eyes who stands 5 feet 05 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds.  The image included here was taken following an October 2014 arrest.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be current or correct when read.  Warrants and charges 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 Koty Joe Jones, or if you can provide information that might lead to his arrest, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This Crime” link below.  All calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.

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5/4/2015 - Funny MoneySOLVED
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REWARD PAID

An anonymous tipster correctly identified Kenneth Eugene Bright as the suspect in this case.  The investigator responsible for the case verified the anonymously-provided information and obtained a warrant for Bright`s arrest for the third degree felony offense of Forgery.


Sunday, April 19, a white male wearing a grey AND1 brand t-shirt, black baseball cap, denim shorts, and white tennis shoes passed counterfeit money at a Lufkin gas station.


The suspect was a passenger in a black and gold late model Ford Expedition, and paid for gas using fake ten and twenty dollar bills.  

Video of the crime shows that the suspect has numerous tattoos on his arms and neck.  Included here are portions of the store’s videos.

The store clerk thought something was wrong with the money because of the way the paper felt in his hand.  Two of the ten-dollar bills had the same serial number and other bills were missing key security features, such as watermarks.

With the technology currently available to the public, criminals can produce authentic-looking counterfeit bills but, if you know the signs, fake US currency is easy to spot.

You can find information concerning the features of genuine Federal Reserve Notes online at www.secretservice.gov/know_your_money.shtml.  If you doubt that a bill is genuine, contact your local police department.



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4/20/2015 - Packaged Pills
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Crime Stoppers needs help putting a name to a face.  The face being that of a woman attempting to mail enough alprazolam to treat one person for nearly 70 years.

March 16, 2015, the woman shown here appeared at a postal and shipping business on North Timberland Drive seeking ship a package.  During the transaction, the item to be shipped had to be repackaged and while completing that process employees saw that the woman was attempting to ship over 100 grams of alprazolam.  

Alprazolam, a benzodiazepine and the generic form of Xanax, is intended to treat anxiety and panic disorders but some abuse it with the hope of creating a euphoric, worry-free feeling.  Four milligrams is the daily maximum dosage for alprazolam.  So, the suspect’s 100 grams were either going to treat the population of a small town for a month or one person for a lifetime, or it was being shipped for an illicit purpose.  Whatever the suspect’s reason for moving her pharmacy, she left the medication behind and fled the business when the employees learned the contents of the package.

Employees described the suspect as a black female with “LOYAL T” tattooed on her right arm.  The suspect is shown here in an image captured as she left the business.

If you can identify this suspect or provide information concerning her possession and shipping of the prescription medication, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve this Crime” link belo.  All calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.


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