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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.


4/21/2014 - San Augustine County Murder/Arson
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Crime Stoppers of Lufkin needs your help solving the murder of Kavy Neil Sowell.

 

Emergency responders found the body of 62-year-old Kavy Neil Sowell March 17 in the burned remains of his San Augustine County residence.  An autopsy revealed that Sowell sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

 

Investigators from the San Augustine County Sheriff`s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Texas State Fire Marshal`s Office are working together to solve this murder but you can help.  While the investigators have heard that Sowell was having trouble with specific people, none of the information received so far has positively linked a suspect to the crime.

 

A video camera captured images of a person outside Sowell’s residence minutes before the fire.  The video, included below, shows a person walking toward Sowell’s residence and, ten minutes later, walking back toward the roadway.  The image included here shows the person coming and going from the area of the residence.

 

The investigators do not know if or how this person was involved in the murder or arson but being so near the crime just before it occurred makes them a person of interest.

 

Although the video resolution is low, someone viewing it will recognize the person and any information they provide regarding the person’s identity will assist the investigators.

 

If you can identify this suspect, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or click the "Solve this Crime" link below to submit tip.  All calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest related to this crime.



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4/14/2014 - Disappearing Deposit

Crime Stoppers of Lufkin needs your help to solve a case involving the theft of a bank deposit.

 

February 24, 2014, an employee of Ashley Furniture Homestore in Lufkin reported that an unidentified person(s) burglarized her vehicle and stole more than $7,400 she was supposed to deliver to the bank for the business.  She reported that the money was in her purse and her purse was stolen from her blue 2004 Toyota Matrix but she is not certain of the location of the crime.

 

The employee stated that at approximately 3:00 PM that day she left Ashley Furniture on South John Redditt Drive headed to Regions Bank on South Medford Drive but made several stops along the way.  She said she stopped at a few businesses looking for a Western Union agent and spent time in Check N Go, located in the 3000 block of South John Redditt Drive.  Next, she stopped at a car wash in the 100 block of College Drive where she briefly left her vehicle unattended.  Her purse and her employer’s money were in the vehicle, the vehicle’s doors were unlocked, and its window was open.  She reported that her trip ended at approximately 4:00 PM when she stopped at Sam`s Club on South First Street and realized that her purse and the money were missing.  She left Sam’s Club, called Lufkin Police Department, and stopped in the parking lot of Academy on Brentwood Drive to wait for a police officer.

 

If know who stole the money or if you can provide any information concerning this case, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or click the "Solve this Crime" link below to submit tip.  All calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest related to this crime.

 

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4/7/2014 - Not-So-Good Samaritan
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Crime Stoppers of Lufkin needs your help identifying a thief.

 

March 04, 2014, a woman entered a grocery store on North Timberland Drive in Lufkin and turned in a wallet she found in the store’s parking lot.  The receiving employee, thinking she was dealing with an honest person, did not collect the woman’s contact information but put the wallet aside for its owner.

 

An hour later, the wallet owner returned to the store looking for the wallet she left in a shopping cart in the parking lot.  She found that most of the wallet’s contents were intact but her cash was missing.

 

A review of videos captured by cameras inside the store showed that the “Good Samaritan” had rewarded herself for returning the lost wallet.  The quality of the video is low but it clearly shows the suspect removing cash from the wallet.

 

The suspect, as seen at right in images taken from the store’s videos, is a medium build, white female with shoulder-length, brown hair.  She wore a camouflage-pattern coat, a dark shirt, blue jeans, and pink or red tennis shoes.

 

Below, you can view portions of the videos showing the suspect as she steals the cash and turns in the wallet.

 

If you can identify this suspect, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or click the "Solve this Crime" link below to submit tip.  All calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest related to this crime.

 

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3/31/2014 - Check Fraud
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Crime Stoppers of Lufkin needs your help to identify the suspects in a check fraud case that involved checks passed in Lufkin for gift cards that were used in Houston.

 

At the beginning of March, a Crockett resident learned that hundreds of dollars was debited from his checking account without his permission.  Investigators found that on February 22 an unidentified female suspect used the victim’s check at a Lufkin business to purchase two gift cards worth a total of $900; the gift cards were later used for purchases in the Houston area.

 

Video cameras at the business captured images of suspect using the stolen check.  The suspect is a thin, black female with very short hair who wore a pink short-sleeve shirt with a blue collar, “skinny” jeans, and white tennis shoes.  She carried a large, black purse with brown or red straps and a large Hello Kitty wallet.

 

The female suspect was driven to the business in a grey four-door car, possibly a 2013 or 2014 Nissan Altima.  The driver remained in the car and picked up the female suspect as soon as she exited the business.

 

Below, you can view portions of the videos showing the female suspect and the suspect vehicle.

 

If you can identify this suspect or anyone involved in this crime, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or click the "Solve this Crime" link below to submit tip.  All calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest related to this crime.

 

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3/24/2014 - Multi-area Credit Card Fraud
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Crime Stoppers of Lufkin needs your help to identify the suspects in a credit card fraud case that involved businesses in Lufkin and Onalaska, and victims in Magnolia.

 

During January of this year, a Magnolia, Texas resident received a fraud alert from his credit card provider warning that his credit card had been used at a business in Lufkin.  Knowing that he did not make the purchase, he reported the incident to law enforcement and learned that an unidentified suspect had used his credit card to purchase a $350 gift card.

 

Video cameras inside the business captured images of the suspect using the stolen credit card.  The video shows that the suspect is a black male with a mustache and slight beard, wearing a tan, long-sleeve shirt, tan pants, white shoes, and a brown, camouflage patterned baseball cap.  The suspect swiped several credit cards before using the victim’s credit card to purchase a prepaid Visa card. 

 

Investigators linked the same suspect to another credit fraud case.  That case involved a female victim, also from Magnolia but unrelated to the first victim, whose stolen credit card was used by this suspect in Onalaska, Texas.  During that crime, the suspect wore the same tan clothing and hat but was seen driving a blue, four-door, one-ton, Dodge dually truck.

 

Investigators believe that this suspect, and possibly others, stole, and fraudulently used, other credit cards but, as of this date, have not located other victims.

 

Below, you can view portions of the video from the Lufkin business.

 

If you can identify this suspect or anyone involved in these crimes, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or click the "Solve this Crime" link below to submit tip.  All calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest related to these crimes.

 

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3/17/2014 - Absconders
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Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help locating two Angelina County probation absconders.


Wesley David Morton is a 35-year-old white male who stands 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 155 pounds.  Morton was last known to live on Tom Holland Road in Lufkin.  He is wanted on a felony probation warrant related to his arrest and conviction for the offense of Burglary of a Habitation.

 

Morton’s arrest history in Angelina County dates back eighteen years and includes arrests for burglary, theft, forgery, and narcotics related offenses.


March 17, 2014, at approximately 3:00 PM, a Crime Stoppers tip led to Wesley David Morton`s arrest.


Arthur Lynn Williams is a 38-year-old black male who stands 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 300 pounds.  Williams was last known to live on Buddy Street in Hudson.  He is wanted on a felony probation warrant related to his arrest and conviction for a narcotics related offense.

 

Williams’ arrest history in Angelina County dates back twenty years and includes several narcotics related arrests.

 

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 can provide the current location of either of these absconders, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or click the "Solve this Crime" link below to submit a tip.  All calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

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3/10/2014 - Cycle Shop Burglary

Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help identifying the person, or persons, responsible for the burglary of the Cycle Shop located in the 3400 block of East Denman Avenue in Lufkin.

Over the night of Sunday, December 1st, someone cut the fence around the shop`s storage yard and stole parts off several customers` motorcycles.

Video cameras outside a neighboring business captured images of three vehicles that came and went from the area during the time of the burglary.  Investigators believe that one or all of the vehicles were involved in the crime.

The first vehicle is a purplish, extended-cab, two-wheel-drive, Toyota truck with damage to the passenger side of its bed.  Based upon the video, the bed side appears to be painted grey, possibly with paint primer.  The second vehicle is a mid-nineties model, extended-cab, two-wheel-drive Chevrolet Silverado with a five-gallon propane tank in its bed.  The third vehicle is a dark-colored Dodge Nitro SUV.

Below, you can view video of the suspect vehicles.

During this burglary, the suspects stole the turn signals, controls, seat, mirrors, headlight bracket, and cables from a 1999 Honda Shadow, the seat and left controls from a Yamaha V-Star, a dash compartment lid from a 1996 Honda Goldwing, and the air cleaner, seat, battery, and a mirror from a Big Dog motorcycle.

If you can identify the person or persons responsible for this burglary, provide information concerning the crime, or identify any of the persons shown in the vehicles, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or click the "Solve this Crime" link below 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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3/3/2014 - He Split with a Stolen Splitter
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Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help identifying a white male that is a suspect in the theft of a log splitter from a Lufkin business.

 

At approximately 5:00 PM Wednesday, February 05, 2014, security cameras at the business captured video of the suspect stealing the log splitter from a display area outside the business, located in the 4200 block of South Medford Drive in Lufkin.

 

Based upon the video, the suspect appears to be a white male with dark, short hair.  At the time of this crime, the suspect wore a red jacket or coat, and blue jeans.  The suspect drove a custom, high-roof Ford Econoline van.  The van is a dark color, possible a dark red, with a light-color stripe, or several small stripes, around the sides and rear of the vehicle and aluminum running boards.

 

The stolen property is a Cub Cadet brand 25-ton, gas-powered log splitter with a 160cc Honda engine (Cub Cadet model number 24BF552B756).  It is painted yellow and black, and designed to fold for towing behind a vehicle.

 

The image shown here of the suspect vehicle towing the stolen log splitter was taken from the security video.  Below, you can view portions of the video.

 

If you can identify the suspect, or if you can provide information concerning the location of the stolen property, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or click the "Solve this Crime" link below.  All calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest related to this crime or the recovery of the stolen property.

 

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2/24/2014 - Pick PocketCAPTURED
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Multiple tipsters identified Sandra Lynn Reynolds as the suspect in this case.  Investigators verified the information provided and obtained two warrants for her arrest for the State Jail Felony offense of Theft.  March 19, 2014, Reynolds surrendered at Angelina County Jail.


Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help identifying a white female that is a suspect in pick pocket incidents at a Lufkin business.

 

Security camera at the business captured video of the suspect stealing wallets from the purses of female customers.

 

The suspect is heavy-set, has short, light-brown or blonde hair, and wears glasses.  At the time of these crimes, the suspect wore a denim-type, long-sleeve shirt over a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes.

 

Three victims reported their wallets stolen and video links this suspect to the three thefts but other thefts might have occurred and not been reported.

 

The image shown here of the suspect inside the store was taken from the security video.  Below, you can view a portion of the video.

 


 

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2/17/2014 - WANTED PERSON: MICHAEL ANTHONY MALDONADOCAPTURED
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March 18, 2014, a tip led to the arrest of Michael Anthony Maldonado for a Revocation of Probation warrant.


Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help locating Michael Anthony Maldonado.

 

As of February 14, 2014, Angelina County Community Supervision and Corrections Department holds a Revocation of Probation warrant for the arrest of Michael Anthony Maldonado.  In May of 2011, Maldonado was placed on probation for a term of five years for the offense of Delivery of Marijuana.

 

Michael Maldonado is a 23-year-old, Hispanic male with black, short-cut hair and brown eyes He stands approximately 5’05” tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. 

 

The image of Michael Maldonado shown here was captured in October of 2013.

 

His last verified address was on Henderson Street in Lufkin but recent attempts by probation officers failed to capture him at that address.

 

Public records concerning Maldonado’s dealings with law enforcement in Angelina County date back to 208 and include arrests for offenses related to narcotics possession and felony theft.

 

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.

 


 

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