02/04/2016 – Diboll Bank Robbery

At approximately 4:00 PM Wednesday, February 03, an unidentified man robbed Temple Federal Credit Union, located at 109 North Temple Drive in Diboll, and Crime Stoppers wants to pay a reward for information that leads to the man’s arrest.

Bank employees described the criminal as a thin-build, younger-looking black male who stands approximately five feet, seven inches tall.   He was wearing a black toboggan, black jacket, dark, baggy pants, dark shoes with white soles, gold-rimmed sunglasses, and red earbud headphones.

The employees were concerned that the man was armed but a weapon was displayed.  He waved an unreadable note at the employees and then then demanded they open their cash drawers.  The employees wisely complied with his demands and were left shaken but unharmed when he took the money and fled.   

The man was last seen traveling on foot headed south from the bank.

If you can identify this criminal or provide information that will help solve the crime, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward but Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for information submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that was not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



02/01/2016 – Thrifty Thieves

Crime Stoppers exists to reduce criminal activity by educating the public and providing a way to anonymously assist in identifying criminals.  This week, Crime Stoppers wants to educate the public about a common criminal activity in hopes of preventing future occurrences.

The Family Crisis Center of East Texas, a local charity, operates stores in Lufkin through which the sale of donated items provides funds for fulfilling its mission of keeping families safe and free from abuse.  When donors drop off items after the stores have closed for the day, the stores are not the only ones who appreciate the after-hours generosity.  Regularly, “shoppers” pick through the donations and steal what they want.

The donations left outside the stores are not free for the taking; they are donations to the charity and taking them is theft.  The people in the video included here might say they needed charity or that they did not steal but scurrying around when a store is closed is not the act of a person who believes they are within the law.

The Family Crisis Center Thrift Store has not yet sought to file criminal charges regarding the videoed incidents, so Crime Stoppers cannot offer a specific reward for the identification of the actors, but the thefts need to stop.   If you know the people in the video, tell them that what they did is a crime.  If you know the people in the video, tell them what they did is a crime.  If you want to report the identify anyone shown in the video, in case charges are filed at a later date, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Identify” button below.



01/29/2016 – Confused but still Criminal

Trinity County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary of the Dollar General Store on FM 356 at Sebastopol.  

At 2:00 AM January 19, two unidentified burglars forced their way into the building by breaking the glass of the main entry door.  Security camera images of both criminals are included here but their faces are completely covered and the images are dark.

One of the burglars went behind the cash register counter and the other grabbed two of the hand-held shopping baskets but the baskets were soon discarded and both of the criminals left the store, apparently empty handed.

If you can identify either of the burglars or provide information that will help the Sheriff’s Office solve the crime, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward but Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for information submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that was not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



01/20/2016 – Stolen Trailer and Generator

Angelina County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a trailer and generator that were stolen sometime after 4:00 PM January 19.

The black, dual-axle trailer is approximately twelve feet long, was, at the time of the theft, displaying Texas license plate 63ZWTD, had a spare tire mounted to its tongue, and had “Hefty” in yellow letters on its tongue.  Mounted to the trailer was a red and black, model TS130S Baldor generator.

If you know the current location of stolen property or the identity of the thieves, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward for the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest or the recovery of the property.



01/18/2016 – Safe

As most of us celebrated the beginning of a new year, East Texas law enforcement investigators were working hard to solve year-end burglaries that occurred at two meat processing businesses and a pizza restaurant.  The investigations continue and Crime Stoppers wants you to help identify criminals.

Over the night of December 27, several masked burglars pried open a door to Massingill Meat Market on Highway 69 North in Lufkin.  They took a safe, causing a great deal of damage to the interior of the business, but abandoned it behind the building.  The next night, actually early on the morning of December 29, Little Caesar’s Pizza and Renfro’s Packing, both in Lufkin, were burglarized are their safes.

Video from Renfro’s shows three masked burglars making entry through a window and attempting to beat and pry open a safe that was too large for them to carry away.  A forth suspect, wearing a camouflage pattern hooded jacket, remained outside the building.

Cameras at Little Caesar’s captured video of three masked burglars prying open a door and dragging away a safe.  The safe was taken to the rear of the building and the final moments of the videos show a Ford F150, possibly silver in color, stopping behind the building, likely to load the safe, and then heading back the way it came.   

The three criminals on video at Little Caesar’s appear to be, based upon clothing and tools, the same people who burglarized Renfro’s.

If you can identify any of the burglars, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.



01/04/2016 – Lost and Fraud

Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers is trying to identify two men who used a stolen credit card to purchase $140 worth of beer and cigarettes.

The evening of December 08, 2015, a man from northern Illinois reported that he lost his wallet around 10:00 AM that day somewhere outside of Lufkin City Hall.  He said the wallet contained credit cards, cash, his driver’s license, and insurance cards.  The victim did not realize he had lost the wallet until 4:00 PM and when he checked on his credit cards he discovered they had been used to make purchases around mid-day.

The investigating detective obtained video of the fraudulent transactions at a tobacco store on South Chestnut Street in Lufkin.  The video, included here, shows two white male suspects, both wearing camouflage pattern hats, using the stolen cards to purchase two cartons of cigarettes, an 18-pack of Budweiser beer, and an individual pack of cigarettes.  The suspects’ vehicle is not shown in the video provided to Crime Stoppers but the suspects’ friends, and even acquaintances, will be able to identify them after watching video showing them using the cards.

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



12/31/2015 – Wanted Person: TERRY BELLINI BARLOW II

Angelina County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) is seeking information concerning the location of Terry Bellini Barlow II.  A judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Barlow, a 23-year-old black male, for the offense of Burglary of a Habitation.

As of December 31, 2015, ACSO deputies and detectives have arrested two persons responsible for multiple residential burglars that occurred in December in Angelina County.  In custody are Willie Jefferson Jr., an 18-year-old black male, and Joshua Driver, an 18-year-old black male.  Jefferson Jr. and Driver were arrested for the offenses of Burglary of a Habitation and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. 

The ACSO investigation also led to the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of suspected accomplice Terry Barlow.

ACSO deputies and detectives continue to investigate the reported burglaries and residents are encouraged to remain vigilant, report suspicious activity, and take immediate measures to record the serial numbers and descriptions (both can be accomplished using your mobile phone’s camera) of all their valuables.  Having serial numbers and descriptions of personal items are critical factors in aiding law enforcement officers in locating, identifying, recovering, and returning property stolen from you.

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 Terry Bellini Barlow II, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below to submit a tip. All calls and tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward if the information you provide leads to Barlow’s arrest.

Information provided directly to a law enforcement officer or agency is not eligible for a Crime Stoppers Reward.



12/28/2015 – BINGO!

Investigators look to Crime Stoppers when they are unable to identify a criminal.  To assist them, Crime Stoppers offers a reward and a means for anonymously providing information regarding the crime.  This week, Crime Stoppers has been asked to help identify two criminals who burglarized Flamingo Bingo in Lufkin.

The burglary occurred October 29 and the ATM inside was the burglars’ target.  A camera outside the building showed two suspects arriving a little after 10:00 PM.  After using a long pry bar to knock the camera sideways and hide their actions, they cut the building’s metal siding and broke through the interior sheetrock leaving a hole like that of a giant rat.

In what must have been an attempt to avoid alarm motion detectors, one of the criminals crawled to the ATM.  Their concern over motion detectors was short lived because there was a lot of motion involved in their destruction of the ATM.  After five minutes of prying at the machine’s door, and several times of slipping and crashing to the floor, the burglar gained access to the cashbox inside the ATM.

With the cashbox in hand, the burglar ran to the front door and tried with the metal pry bar to break out the door’s glass.  When that failed to produce an escape route, they crawled back through their rat hole.

The security alarm did activate but the criminals fled before law enforcement could arrive.  Portions of the security videos are included here and posted at www.facebook.com/detcs.

If you can identify either of the burglars, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.



12/21/2015 – Stolen Debit Card

Closely monitoring your bank accounts and credit cards is a necessity.  At a minimum, you must keep track of your account balance and thoroughly review your monthly statement but you should be keeping a closer eye on things.  Whether you receive paper or digital copies of statements, you must ensure that the mailing address and telephone number on file with you bank are correct.  This week’s Crime of the Week demonstrates what can happen when your bank does not know how to reach you.

September 30, a victim reported to the police department that someone fraudulently withdrew $750 from her bank account.  The victim said she requested a debit card from her bank and when it did not arrive in her mail she contacted the bank to inquire.  She learned that the card had been mailed but it went to her old address.  She also learned that the card had been activated and used at several ATMs.

Around 9:00 PM September 29, someone used the card three times in Lufkin; once at an ATM at a North Timberland Drive grocery store and twice at convenience store at the corner of Atkinson Drive and North Timberland Drive.  At 3:00 AM September 30, someone used the card at an ATM at a bank on South First Street in Lufkin.

Closely monitoring your accounts allows you to detect fraud soon after it occurs and quickly reporting fraud increases the chances of finding the responsible criminals.  While most businesses use security cameras, not all of them store the captured video indefinitely.  The portions of video included here came from cameras at the grocery store.

The video clips show that the victim’s card was used by a white female with long (to the middle of her back), dark hair wearing a pink and white striped short-sleeve shirt, blue jean shorts, and bright pink tennis shoes. Her face was shielded from the cameras by a bucket-style hat but identifying her might be helped by the markings, possibly tattoos, on her lower legs and forearms. 

The video shows that the female was with another person when she walked to the grocery store.  The video quality is poor but you can see that the person with the suspect is larger than her.

If you can identify this suspect, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.



12/14/2015 – Lone Star Fraud

Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers is trying to identify a woman who was captured on video using a stolen Lone Star Card at Walmart in Lufkin.

According to store employees, the video shows the suspect using the stolen card to purchase a shopping cart full of food that should have cost her nearly $200.  The victim reported that the card was also fraudulently used at two other grocery stores in Lufkin after her purse was stolen and the thief used the victim’s driver’s license and social security card to change the PIN for the Lone Star Card.

The pink and grey Vera Bradley purse was stolen from the victim’s vehicle in September, possible from the Bryce Road area just north of Lufkin.  The victim is most concerned over the loss of her permanent resident immigration card because of the time and cost involved in replacing it, and because she is unable to travel to visit her family without it.

The black female shown in the video had blonde hair, or was wearing a blonde wig, and wore white wireless headphones around her neck.  Although the quality of the video is low, the suspect’s appearance is unique and someone will recognize her and will want to collect a reward for providing information that helps investigators put her in jail.

If you can identify this suspect, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that lead to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.



12/07/2015 – Car Burglar

We all know that we when parking our cars, no matter how long we expect to be away, we should lock the doors and remove anything we value but failing to do so does not give the thieves among us the right to take what we work so hard to obtain.  Be it a sense of entitlement or a lack of conscience, there are people who will steal without the slightest concern for how we will be affected.

This week’s Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week video is from outside a residence on East Polk Avenue in Lufkin and shows a thief burglarizing vehicles.  A family had returned from church and were resting inside their home when the thief decided to make them victims.  The criminal entered the family’s van and truck, taking a pack of cigarettes from the van and and more than two hundred dollars in cash and coins from the truck.

The black male burglar was wearing a dark colored hoodie and pants, and white tennis shoes, and he had a crew-cut or flat-top hairstyle.  He was walking from North First Street to North Angelina Street when he crossed the victims’ property and found the vehicles.  Him being on foot and being comfortable cutting across the property might indicate that he lives in or frequents the area, and that increases the likelihood that someone will be able to identify him.

If you know the criminal in this case, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward to the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest.



11/30/2015 – Ammo Theft

A man and woman stole nearly a dozen cases of ammunition from Academy in Lufkin and Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers wants to pay a reward for information that puts them in jail.

Anyone who has stood in line during the recent ammo shortage for a chance to buy one or two boxes of bullets should be outraged when they watch these thieves fill a shopping cart with cases of rifle and pistol ammo and walk out of the store without paying.

The couple split up inside the store and the woman loaded a buggy with cases of .223 and a case of pistol ammo before handing it off to the man and returning to their car.  Employees said the man pushed the ammo to the customer service counter, bypassing the cash registers, and gave an employee two shirts that he claimed had not been rang up when he checked out.

He was attempting to fool the employee into believing he had paid for the ammo and it worked, at least temporarily.  The employee was suspicious and reported the incident to a manager and the theft was discovered when they reviewed security videos.  Portions of the videos are posted online at www.DETCS.tips and www.facebook.com/DETCS.

Both suspects are white, overweight, and have brown hair; the man has a mustache and goatee.  They drove a small, dark colored car similar in size to a Honda Civic.

If you can identify either of the thieves, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward to the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest.



11/25/2015 – Stolen Saw Mill

Houston County Sheriff’s Office investigators need your help finding a portable saw mill and identifying the person(s) who stole it.

Around 9:30 PM November 09, an unidentified actor(s) stole a portable saw mill from US Highway 287 North near the Houston County/Anderson County line. Several items were stolen but, at a cost of $30,000, the orange Wood-Mizer saw mill is the largest and most value item taken.

The stock image included here is for reference; it is not a photograph of the stolen saw mill.

If you can identify the thief, or thieves, or if you can provide the current location of stolen saw mill and property, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below to submit a tip.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward to the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest or the recovery of the stolen property.



11/24/2015 - Video and Photos Sought in Murder Investigation

Terry Christopher Criswell was arrested November 18 on a murder warrant following an Angelina County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the November 15 shooting death of Kevin Moore at Annie Mae’s in Angelina County.

Sheriff’s Office investigators have asked for Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers' assistance in recovering video and photos of the shooting.  The investigators suspect that video and photos were captured by one or more of those present during the incident.

Witnesses can anonymously submit videos and images to Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers by clicking the "Submit Video/Pic" button below or by downloading the P3 smartphone app (http://p3intel.com/mobileapp.htm).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous while still providing video or photographic evidence of the shooting must do so by clicking the "Submit Video/Pic" button below or through the iOS or Android smartphone apps available at http://p3intel.com/mobileapp.htm

Crime Stoppers tips are anonymous.

As of the posting of this article, Angelina County Sheriff’s Office investigators are seeking video and photographs showing the actual shooting and the moments before the shooting.  Videos and images that do not show the actual shooting or the moments leading up to the shooting are not needed. 

Since an arrest has been made in this case, Crime Stoppers is not offering a specific reward related to video of the incident.  If a video or image submitted through Crime Stoppers’ website or App substantially assists the investigation or prosecution, the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors may vote to authorize a reward.



11/23/2015 – Late Night Pharmacists

Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers wants your help identifying the two criminals who burglarized The Medicine Shoppe pharmacy on West Frank Avenue in Lufkin.

Security camera video from the pharmacy shows the burglars arriving just after 3:00 AM on October 30.  They were driving a dark colored four-door car, possibly a late model Chevrolet Impala, and they used two pry bars to force open the rear door to the building.

They brought with them a laundry type basket and once inside they made their way behind the service counter and filled the basket with prescription medications. Even though police officers arrived a few minutes after the burglar alarm activated, the criminals were able to enter the building, steal narcotics, and escape.

Both burglars covered their heads and faces but someone reading this article or watching the video recognizes them or their vehicle, or has heard them brag about the crime.  If that’s you, Crime Stoppers might put cash in your pocket for anonymously providing information that helps investigators put them in jail.

If you can identify either of the burglars or provide information concerning the location of the stolen narcotics, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to the arrest of either of the burglars.



11/16/2015 – Horse Rustlers

Vandalism is a nation-wide problem that costs as much as one billion dollars annually.  Whether you are directly a victim or not, vandalism — Criminal Mischief under Texas law — impacts all of us in one way or another, be it through our family, friends, property, community, or our wallet.  The financial effects include higher taxes and increased insurance rates.

Criminal Mischief occurs when a person, without the effective consent of the owner, intentionally or knowingly damages or destroys another’s property.  It is not a prank; it is a crime.

The night of Friday, November 06, someone destroyed a statue of a horse on Bartmess Drive in Lufkin.  An area resident called the police department shortly before midnight to report finding the statute in a ditch approximately 150 yards from its original location.  The horse’s hooves were damaged when it was ripped from its pedestal and its head was cracked when it fell to the ground.

The images included here show the statue before and after the crime.  The statue cost its owner several thousand dollars and repairing it, if repairs are possible, will cost many thousand more.

If you know the identity of the vandals who destroyed this victim’s property or if you can provide information that will help solve the crime, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.



11/09/2015 – Coin-Operated Burglars

Vending machines are a convenience many of us enjoy but they also are convenient targets for burglars.  The cash inside vending machines at a gas station in Diboll was the focus of a man and a woman early on a Sunday in October.

Cameras at the station witnessed the pair arrive a few minutes after 1:00 AM and leave about ten minutes later.  They were in a truck with the man driving but the woman stood guard at the driver’s side of the truck while the man forced open the vending machines. After damaging two machines and gaining access to one, the criminals drove to another location at the same business and burglarized two more machines.  Cash and coin boxes were stolen from the machines. 

The man and woman appear to be white.  The man has dark, short cut hair and the woman has dark hair wore in a ponytail.  Their vehicle is a dark red, late model, four-door Dodge truck with painted bumpers and grill.

Portions of the security videos are included here and posted at www.facebook.com/DETCS. 

Investigators have not identified the criminals responsible for burglarizing these coin-operated machines.  At this point, a connection between this case and similar crimes cannot be established but the crime, suspects, and vehicle type seem to match a case that Crime Stoppers publicized October 19.  That crime occurred at Lufkin PD’s gun range hours prior to the Diboll burglaries and video of the male suspect is available below under the heading “10/19/2015 – Bold Burglars”.

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



11/02/2015 – Wanted Person: Raul Abraham Claudio-Reyna

The U.S. Marshal’s Service, Angelina County Sheriff’s Office, and Diboll Police Department are looking for Raul Abraham Claudio (Claudio-Reyna).

Raul Claudio is a 25-year-old Hispanic male who stands 5 feet, 06 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds.  He is wanted on a second degree felony warrant for the offense of Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact.

April 2014, a Diboll Police Department investigation found that Claudio had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.  Claudio was arrested for indecency with a child but a bond was posted and he was released from jail.  The warrant Claudio is wanted for now was issued when he failed to appear for court.

Claudio has connections to Angelina and Polk counties and Monterrey, Mexico and officers have contacted many of his friends and family but his current location has not been revealed.  An investigator involved in the search warned that helping Claudio avoid arrest might qualify as a felony crime.

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 Raul Abraham Claudio (Claudio-Reyna), call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below to submit a tip.  All calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward if the information you provide leads to Claudio’s arrest.



10/26/2015 – Burglary Fail

Just before 8:00 AM September 17, employees of Citi Trends in Lufkin found the front doors to the store damaged.  After hiring a locksmith to help them enter the building, they reviewed videos captured by security cameras and learned that minutes before they arrived at work someone had attempted to pry open the doors.

The video shows a white, four-door car, possibly a late model Ford Taurus, stop in front of the store at approximately 7:45 AM.  Two people exit the passenger side of the car and use tools in an attempt to pry open the doors.  The burglars wore white tennis shoes, dark colored clothes, and covered their heads and faces.  One of the criminals carried a red backpack.  

The doors and locks held up to the attack and the burglars returned to the car, which was driven by an unseen third person.  Although the criminals were thwarted in Lufkin, the store’s employees reported that Citi Trends stores in Nacogdoches and Marshall were burglarized the previous night and the employees were told the actors and the vehicles in those crimes matched those of the Lufkin case.

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



10/19/2015 – Bold Burglars

With the sun setting earlier this time of year, the criminals who prefer the cover of darkness don’t need to wait until late at night to ply their trade, and this video serves as proof.

Burglarizing a vending machine might not be the most daring crime one can commit but doing so during evening hours just off a well-traveled road raises the boldness bar a few notches, and doing it at the police department’s gun range takes it to a whole other level of absurdity.

The video included here shows a man who cut a lock securing the gate to Lufkin PD’s gun range and then burglarized the coke machine on the porch of the main building.  He stole the boxes that collect change and dollar bills. 

The crime occurred Saturday, October 10th, and the man captured on video was not alone; at least one other person stayed in the truck.  The white male suspect we do see was wearing white tennis shoes, blue short, and a blue t-shirt with two skeletons on it front.  He might have tattoos on his left arm.  The suspects’ drove a light truck but the vehicle is otherwise unidentifiable from the video.

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



10/12/2015 – Animal Cruelty

Angelina County Animal Control officers are looking into the deaths and abandonment of nine puppies and Crime Stoppers wants to to identify the person, or persons, responsible.

Mid-day Sunday, August 20, two people walking along Benton Drive, near Myria Street, saw a box at the side of the road.  The box was closed but as they approached they could tell there was movement inside.  When they moved closer, they heard whimpering coming from the box.

The pair opened the box and found two puppies, both alive, on top of seven dead puppies.  The surviving puppies have found loving homes but Animal Control officers are working to determine who abandoned them.

There is no reason for animals, no matter how they come into our lives, to be closed in a box and left to die at the side of the road.  Angelina County residents have two animal services facilities available to help them with animals they cannot care for; Kurth Memorial Animal Services and Adoption Center and Winnie Berry Humane Society.

The Kurth Memorial Animal Services and Adoption Center provides temporary shelter to thousands of animals each year.  The facility, located at 1901 Hill Street in Lufkin, accepts strays and owned animals regardless of age, health, species, or breed, and there is no charge for Angelina County residents to bring strays to the shelter.  According to their website, surrender hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Saturday.  For more information about Kurth Memorial Animal Services and Adoption Center, visit their website or the Friends at Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter Facebook page.

Winnie Berry Humane Society is a no-kill shelter that strives to stop the suffering and death of unwanted pets by preventing pet overpopulation, educating the public, providing services to improve animal welfare, and supporting to homeless animals through its adoption program.  Winnie Berry Humane Society is located at 1102 North John Redditt Drive in Lufkin, is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and accepts healthy animals with a surrender fee.  For more information about Winnie Berry Humane Society, visit their website or Facebook page.

If you know the identity the person, or persons, responsible for the death of the seven puppies, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.



10/05/2015 – Wheel Theft

Investigators have asked for Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers’ help in identifying two tire and rim thieves, and Crime Stoppers wants to pay a reward for information that helps solve the crime and puts the thieves in jail.

September 16, a security camera mounted outside a residence in the 1300 block of California Boulevard in Lufkin captured four images of two criminals in different stages of stealing the wheels from a vehicle parked in the driveway of the residence.

Both of the thieves appear to be white men and, if the color reproduction of the camera is correct, both wore chartreuse colored shirts and brown or tan shorts.  The rims they stole are chrome, factory-style for a Chrysler Pacifica.

The crime occurred on a residential street at 2:00 PM on a Wednesday, and it is likely that someone saw the vehicle the thieves drove.  The thieves’ color choice for clothing also makes it likely that someone will recognize them.  Submit your anonymous tip right away because Crime Stoppers can only pay a reward to a tip that leads to an arrest and that will be the first, most accurate tip received.

If you know the identity of either of these criminals and can provide information that links them to the crime, or if you know the location of the stolen property, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.



09/14/2015 – Another Thief

Crime Stoppers has featured several thefts over the years where someone dropped their belongings in a parking lot or left a wallet at a cash register and a thief picked it up and kept it.  Texas law regarding theft makes clear that intentionally withholding the property of another person is a crime but there likely are those who view the accounts and videos of such situations and give the thief the benefit of the doubt.  You might think the thief intended to return the property but forgot or they were unable to find the owner.

Crime Stoppers allows plenty of time for lost property to find its way back to the owner before publicizing the incident as a theft because the majority of people do return property they find.  This week’s Crime of the Week video, another wallet theft, should leave you with no doubt regarding the thief’s intentions.

The video from inside a tobacco store shows a customer setting down her wallet while picking up her purchases.  She left the store without the wallet and a thief took it.  His only hesitation was caused by an employee approaching the wallet but once the employee moved away, the thief concealed the wallet between cases of beer and then fumbled with it as though trying to remove the contents without being seen by customers or the employees.  A minute later, he slipped the wallet into his pocket, paid for a few items, and left the store.

The thief is a tall, slim, black male with a goatee.  He was wearing a white t-shirt with “St. Jude” on the front, red basketball shorts with white stripes on the legs, and red shoes with yellow laces.

The victim’s wallet, like most, contained cash, an ID card, and a debit card, and the theft of a debit card is a felony crime.

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

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09/07/2015 – Samuel Joseph Rodriguez

Crime Stoppers wants to pay you for information that leads to the arrest of a man sought by Angelina County Sheriff’s Office for three narcotics trafficking warrants.  

As of September 07, 2015, East Texas law enforcement officers are looking for Samuel Joseph Rodriguez (AKA: Sammy), a 28-year-old Hispanic male who stands 5’9” tall, and weighs approximately 200 pounds.  He has a scar through his left eyebrow and tattoos on his right arm, hand, and calf.

A judge issued the three state jail felony arrest warrants August 31, 2015, following an Angelina County Sheriff’s Office investigation into Rodriguez manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance.

According to jail records, Rodriguez has been arrested for weapons-, drug-, and assault-related offenses, including for the offenses of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Assault Causing Serious Bodily Injury, and Aggravated Assault against a Public Servant.

The listed warrant information was current and correct when released but may no longer be current or correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified prior to arrest.  NEVER attempt to detain or arrest 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 Samuel “Sammy” Rodriguez, or if you can provide information that will assist his capture, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.



08/17/2015 – Stolen Trailer

The night of August 13, a trailer was stolen from the 2300 block of North Timberland Drive in Lufkin.

Employees of Angelina Precision Waterjet reported that the trailer, which is owned by the business, was parked in front of their shop building and had a lock on the hitch.  They said that the trailer was outside the business the evening of August 13 and at 8:00 AM the next morning they noticed it was missing.

No part of the hitch lock was found at the scene and the investigating officer speculated that the thieves either cut the lock from the trailer or used a tow truck or wheel lift device to remove the trailer.

The trailer is sixteen feet long and has tandem axles, wood floor, white spoke wheels, pipe top rail, and a side-mount, square, drop-leg jack.  It has side-load ramp holders but no ramps and damage on the inside of the right side top rail, between the axles.  Originally, the trailer was blue but it was painted black earlier this year.  At the time of the theft, Texas license plate 982609H was bolted to the rear of the left fender.

The image included here shows the trailer parked outside the shop building.

If you can identify the thieves or provide information concerning the location of the stolen trailer, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest or the recovery of the trailer.

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08/10/2015 – Pharmacy Burglary

Well before sunrise June 11, someone burglarized a pharmacy on West Frank Avenue in Lufkin and Crime Stoppers has video of two vehicles that investigators believe were involved.

The burglars gained entry into the pharmacy by prying open the rear door, which triggered the building’s alarm system and alerted law enforcement.  Even though officers arrived within a few minutes, the criminals were able to enter the building and steal narcotics.  Hydrocodone, phenobarbital, alprazolam, and several varieties of hydrocodone- and codeine-based cough syrup were among the narcotics stolen.

Evidence collected at the scene might allow investigators to prove the criminals’ involvement in the burglary but suspects need to be identified first and that is where your anonymous Crime Stoppers Tip will help.

Included here is video of the suspect vehicles; one is grey, possibly a van or SUV, and the other is white, possibly a four-door car similar in size to a Chrysler 300.  The grey vehicle circled the block several times while the burglary was occurring but was not captured by the camera again following the burglary; this vehicle might have served as a lookout.  The white vehicle drove directly to the rear of the building, where the door was pried open.  Both vehicles fled the area soon after the alarm sounded.

If you can identify anyone involved in this burglary or provide information concerning the location of the stolen narcotics, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button 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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08/04/2015 – Stolen Truck, Trailer, and ATV

Between July 27 and 31, someone stole a truck, a trailer, and an ATV from a residence in Angelina County.  

The truck is a maroon, lifted, 2014 Dodge 4x4 with Tweety Bird, “Percilla”, and "IT AIN'T BRAGGIN IF YOU CAN BACK IT UP!" on the rear window.

The ATV is a 2015 Polaris Razor 900 with Tweety Bird and “Percilla” on its doors.

The trailer is a blue, 8’x10’ TRAXX bumper-pull with damage to the driver's side fender.

If you know the current location of stolen property or the identity of the thieves, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest or the recovery of the property.



08/03/2015 – Wanted Person - Fidencio Hernandez Perez

Crime Stoppers wants to pay for information that leads to the arrest of a man sought by Crocket Police Department for Sexual Assault of a Child.

Since July 28, 2015, East Texas law enforcement officers have been looking for Fidencio Hernandez Perez, a 27-year-old Hispanic male who stands 5’7” tall, weighs 170 lb., and has scars on his right elbow and the left side of his head.

A judge issued the felony arrest warrant following a Crockett Police Department investigation into a July 26 incident in which Perez reportedly used force to sexually assault a female juvenile.

Perez was last seen in Crockett at approximately 9:00 PM Sunday, July 26.  He is known to work on a ranch in Henderson, Texas but investigators believe he might be headed to Veracruz, Mexico.

The listed warrant information was current and correct when released but may no longer be current or correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified prior to arrest.  NEVER attempt to detain or arrest 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 Fidencio Hernandez Perez, or if you can provide information that will assist his capture, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.



07/27/2015 – Boat Shop Burglary

Crime Stoppers wants your help solving another burglary.  This time, the suspect burglarized the workshop of Duckmaster, Inc., a builder of custom hunting and fishing boat on North John Redditt Drive in Lufkin.

The owner of the business discovered the burglary when he found a gate open at the back of his shop.  Someone had cut and removed a lock that secured the gate.  A check of the property revealed that at least three ground-leads for welding machines had been stolen and video from inside the building showed the burglar searching through the shop a little after 10:00 PM Monday, July 15.

The low-light video, portions of which are included here, does not reveal a lot about the person responsible for the burglary.  The burglar appears to be a male wearing rubber boots but beyond that it is difficult to make out his physical characteristics.

Regardless of the video quality, someone reading this article or watching the video knows the criminal and can provide the information necessary to solve this crime.  If that is you, and you provide the first, most accurate Crime Stoppers Tip, you might earn a cash reward.

The welding machine ground-leads are each 20 to 30 feet long and the burglar might have sold them as is or removed the insulation and sold the wire as scrap metal.  Either way, your anonymous tip can ensure that stealing the ground-leads leads to another criminal in jail.

If you know the identity of this criminal, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button 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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07/13/2015 – Drive-thru Burglar

June 26, an unidentified actor burglarized a fast food restaurant on Atkinson Drive in Lufkin.

Video from the restaurant shows the burglar, who appears to be a man, approaching the building’s drive-thru window at approximately 2:00 AM.  Although it took a couple of throws, he used a rock to break the window.  That allowed him to reach inside and remove the block that kept the window closed.  

With the window open, he slid through and made his way to an office where he found a small safe bolted to the floor.  He was able to break the safe free of its mounts and carry it out the back door.

The suspect covered his head and face, and wore dark clothing and black tennis shoes that have white soles. 

Included here are portions of the videos showing the suspect committing the burglary.  

Many Crime Stoppers tips provide only a name of the person the tipster believes is responsible for the crime.  Here, the suspect’s face is covered so merely having their name does not prove they committed the burglary.  The investigation will be furthered by any anonymously provided information but having specific information concerning the suspect and their involvement in the burglary will help make two things happen sooner -- bring the investigation to a close and allow Crime Stoppers to pay a reward.

If you know the identity of this criminal and can provide information that links him to the crime, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button 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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