04/26/2016 – WANTED: Rexie Roy McMullen III

Angelina County Sheriff’s Office is seeking Rexie Roy McMullen III, a 23-year-old white male who stands 6 feet tall and weighs 160 pounds.

At the time of this posting, McMullen was wanted for the offense of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (a knife) and was believed to be driving a white, four-door 2004 Hyundai Accent.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be 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 know the current location of Rexie Roy McMullen III or can provide information that might lead to his capture, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Tip: McMullen” button below. Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to McMullen’s arrest.

Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



04/25/2016 – Insult to Injury

At the beginning of March, Crime Stoppers requested assistance solving an animal cruelty incident involving Eve the Longhorn.

An investigation began when Eve’s owners found her lying in a pasture at Southern Stables, located on Lufkin’s Loop 287 near Highway 59 North. The tendons of both of Eve’s hind legs had been severed and her veterinarian determined that the injuries, which appear to have been caused by a single blow with a long, sharp object, would not heal.  Eve was immobile and defenseless, and she was put down by her veterinarian.

Eve, a registered and prizing winning Texas Longhorn and beloved family pet, had recently been bred so both mother and baby were lost.  

Eve’s owner later reported that, while awaiting a taxidermist to preserve Eve’s remains, someone removed and stole Eve’s head and horns.

Crime Stoppers offered a reward for an anonymous tip that helped solve this act of cruelty toward a pet and put the offender(s) in jail.  The case remains unsolved and, thanks to a donation from Texas Longhorn Soap Company, the reward offer has been increased to up to $1,100.  

If you can identify the person(s) responsible for this 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 for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest.

Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



04/19/2016 - Wanted Person

East Texas law enforcement officers are looking for Clifford Ward Futch, a 54-year-old white male with gray hair and green eyes who stands 5'09" tall and weighs 175 pounds.

As of April 19, Futch was wanted on a Texas Pardons and Parole Board warrant related to his prior arrests/convictions for the offenses of Resisting Arrest, Evading Arrest, Bail Jumping, and Failure to Appear. Futch was last known to be in Rusk County but has links to Nacogdoches, Angelina and Cherokee counties.

Futch drives, or did drive, a green-in-color 2004 Ford truck and possibly a black Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be 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.

Call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the Tip button below to anonymously submit a tip regarding the current location of Clifford Ward Futch.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to Futch's arrest may be eligible for a reward.  Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



UPDATED 04/26/2016 - Absconders

April 18, 2016, Crime Stoppers asked for help locating three Angelina County probation absconders Jock Dominey, Jeffery Walker, and Brian Garrett; each were wanted on a felony warrant and Crime Stoppers offered to pay for information that led to their arrests.

April 20, an anonymous tip led members of Angelina County CSCD’s Warrant Team, Angelina County Sheriff’s Deputies, and the Angelina County Precinct 3 Constable to the location of Jeffery Steven Walker. Walker, a 43-year-old white male, was arrested for a felony probation warrant related to his prior arrest and conviction for possession of a controlled substance.

April 26, Angelina County Deputies found Brian Gregory Garrett riding a stolen motorcycle on South First Street in Lufkin.  Garrett attempted to flee but lost control of the motorcycle while turning into the Crown Colony subdivision.  He then attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended.  Garrett, a 30-year-old white male, was booked into Angelina County Jail for felony probation warrants related to his arrest and conviction for possession or transporting a chemical with intent to manufacture a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, and for Evading Arrest, Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Theft, and four Lufkin Municipal Court warrants.

Jock Colby Dominey, a 25-year-old white male, is wanted on a felony probation warrant related to his arrest and conviction for three offenses of manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance.

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be 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.

Jeffery Steven Walker and Brian Gregory Garrett have been arrested but, as of this posting (10:00 AM April 26), Jock Dominey is still wanted. If you know Dominey’s current location, submit a tip by calling Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or clicking the “Tip: Dominey” button below.  Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.  Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.

 



03/28/2016 – Kountry Store Crooks

69 Kountry Store in Pollok was burglarized Easter weekend and Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers is ready with cash rewards to help put the burglars in jail.

This is the second time this year 69 Kountry Store has been burglarized.  Around 3:00 AM February 18, Angelina County Deputies responded to an alarm at the store, located at 10951 Highway 69 North, and found the front glass door broken.  Security cameras captured images of the suspects’ vehicle, the maroon early 2000s model Toyota Tundra extended cab truck shown here.

Video and images from this weekend’s burglary are not yet available but investigators report that the same truck was used.  

During the February and March burglaries, the suspects forced their way into the store, attempted to take the cash register—it was left damaged but appears to not have been opened—and stole cigarettes.

Investigators stated that one suspect from the February crime was wearing a mask and gloves but is likely a white male.

Also reported February 18 was an attempted burglary, committed in the same manner, at a convenience store in Cherokee County.  A maroon Toyota Tundra was involved and the door glass was broken but the building was not entered.

As soon as video or additional images are available, Crime Stoppers will post them here and at www.facebook.com/DETCS.

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 the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.

Crime Stoppers can only pay rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



03/21/2016 – Capital Murder

Gregg Edward Dowd was murdered February 21 outside his business in western San Augustine County and Crime Stoppers is offering to double the reward for the anonymous tip that leads to the murderer’s arrest.

Around 1:00 AM that Sunday, San Augustine County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Dowd’s game room, located on State Highway 21 West at County Road 254, and found Dowd, a 54-year-old white male, deceased in the parking lot. Investigators believe Dowd had just closed the business when someone attempted to rob him.  The confrontation that followed ended with Dowd being shot multiple times at a close range.

Murder during the commission of a robbery is a Capital Felony, which could be punished by the death penalty or life in prison.  

Investigators need to to speak with anyone who was at the game room at or around the time of the murder because even the smallest piece of information could help the investigation.  If you were at the game room in the hours leading up to Dowd’s death, or if you can identify anyone who was, contact San Augustine County Sheriff's Office by calling (936) 275-2424.  Information provided directly to law enforcement is not eligible for a Crime Stoppers reward and might not be protected by anonymity statutes.

Crime Stoppers can only pay rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.  To provide information concerning Gregg Dowd’s murder while remaining anonymous and being eligible for a reward, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve This” button below. Calls and tips made directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a double reward.



UPDATED 03/16/2016 – RYAN GLENN SCOTT & DEMETRIUS GERALD WHEELER

In February, Houston County Sheriff’s Office asked for assistance locating Ryan Glenn Scott and Demetrius Gerald Wheeler.  February 03, a judge issued warrants for the arrest of Scott and Wheeler for the offense of Aggravated Robbery.

The arrest warrants stemmed from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office investigation of the December 17, 2015, robbery of a Lovelady, Texas bank.

Demetrius Gerald Wheeler, a 25-year-old black male who stands approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds, was arrested March 16 in Harris County, Texas.  At the time of this update, Crime Stoppers does not have the details of his arrest.  In addition to the Aggravated Robbery warrant, Demetrius Wheeler was wanted in Trinity County for Evading Arrest.

Ryan Glenn Scott, a 26-year-old black male who stands approximately 6 feet tall, weighs approximately 190 pounds, and has multiple tattoos on his face, is still wanted for the Robbery.  Scott has ties to the Kemah area of Galveston County.

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 Ryan Glenn Scott, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the tip button below. Calls and tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward if the information provided leads to an arrest.

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



03/14/2016 – Quick-Change

Seeing video of a quick-change scam in action may have you thinking it would be easy to spot and leave you questioning how anyone could fall for it.  The truth is, quick-change scams have been around for a long time because they work very well if the thief is quick enough and can distract the victim.

To put it simply, a quick-change scam, when it occurs at a business, involves a criminal getting a cashier to give more change than is owed.  Typically, the thief uses a large denomination bill to pay for an inexpensive item and then confuses the cashier as they return the change.  There are several techniques but, if the cashier falls for the scam, they all result in the store losing money.

The case Crime Stoppers is trying to solve this week occurred at Walmart and involved a “progressive” quick-change technique; quickly and repeatedly pressuring the cashier to take small denomination bills in exchange for large denomination bills.

Video shows a “customer” paying for a bottle of water using a $100 bill.  As the cashier counted out his change, he asked for his $100 bill back and said he would pay with a smaller bill.  The cashier, confused and possibly not remembering that she already gave him change for the purchase, began to return the $100 bill and take the smaller bill as payment.  The thief then confused the cashier again by asking to exchange many smaller bills for several of the large denomination bills in the register. By moving quickly, continually confusing the cashier, and using sleight-of-hand, the thief walked away with the bottle of water and several hundred dollars.
    
Even with this poor video quality, the scam seems obvious from the moment the thief approached the register and switched off the conveyor belt to give himself space to work.  That and every other move he made were clues that something was wrong.  If you ever find yourself in a similar situation; stop everything, hold all cash, ask a trusted person for help, and call law enforcement if necessary.

If you can identify the thief, 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 anonymous tip that leads to an arrest may earn a reward.



03/07/2016 – Purse Snatching Thieves

Someone stole a purse out of a woman’s car while she was trying to park at her house and your help is needed to identify the thieves.

The crime occurred in mid-December as an older couple arrived at their Lufkin home. The husband unlocked the gate and house while the wife parked their car but before she entered the driveway a man opened her passenger side door and took her purse.  The suspect is a younger, black male and he fled as the passenger in a maroon Chevrolet Impala.

Later that date, two black men walked out of Walmart in Lufkin without paying for two computers and they drove away in the same Impala used in the purse snatching.

The investigating officers located the vehicle and its owner but they did not link the owner to the crimes and do not know the identities of the male suspects.

Both crimes were captured on video but the resolution of both videos is low. Still, someone knows the criminals and may have specific knowledge of the two crimes.  If that someone is you, contact Crime Stoppers for a chance to turn your knowledge into cash.

If you can identify either of the 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 for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest.



Houston County Sheriffs Office recovered what they believe to be a stolen four-wheeler but they need assistance in identifying the owner and in determining how, when, and where the crime occurred.

Information collected by investigators indicates that the four-wheeler, shown here in images provided by the Sheriff's Office, likely was taken in the middle of the night, approximately three weeks ago, possibly from the Elkhart area. 

If you can provide information that will assist this investigation, click the "Solve This Case" button.



02/22/2016 – Graffiti

Graffiti, no matter how artistic the work, is a crime.  

A person commits a crime under Section 28.08, Texas Penal Code, if they intentionally or knowingly make markings on the property of the another person, without the effective consent of that person, using paint, an indelible marker, or an etching or engraving device.

Given the costs of properly repairing the damage, Graffiti is a crime that easily reaches the felony offense level.  If the damaged property is a school, church, cemetery, public monument, or community center, the crime might be a State Jail Felony offense.

All over East Texas vandals have graffitied buildings, bridges, fences, signs, trains, and just about anything else that stood still long enough for them to act.  You don’t have to look hard to find their handy work but we’ve included a few images of recent tags from around Lufkin.

We don’t know “Elizabeth” or “KW” but we have reward money ready for the right anonymous tip.

If you know the identity of the “artist” responsible for the graffiti shown here, 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 anonymous tip that leads to an arrest.  Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement.



02/15/2016 – Burglary and Fraud

Police Department investigators need your help again and Crime Stoppers is ready with reward money.  This time, investigators are trying to identify two men who used a stolen credit card to purchase a laptop computer.

The credit card they used was stolen from a home on Reen Drive in Lufkin.  Last month, Crime Stoppers profiled that burglary and another credit card fraud incident connected to it.  Anonymous tips correctly identified the man who used the victim’s credit card in the first incident.  With help from new tips, the new suspects will be identified and the investigators will be one step closer to determining who burglarized the residence and took the credit cards, and how the first suspect is connected to these two.

The videos Crime Stoppers received are not the highest resolution.  Still, someone will recognize the men and want to collect a reward for providing information that helps investigators put them in jail.

The suspect who used the card to purchase the laptop is an older, black male.  The low resolution video makes it difficult to pick out distinguishing features but he appears to have grey facial hair, hence the “older” description, and to have been wearing glasses.  His partner is an older, white male with bushy brown hair, possibly a mustache, and a tattoo on his right forearm.  The white male walked with a limp, as though he has a bad right hip or knee.

If you can identify either of the 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 for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest.



02/10/2016 – Wanted Persons: MILLAGE WAYNE HAWTHORNE

Houston County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the current location of Millage Wayne Hawthorne.  Hawthorne fled from Houston County Deputies and is wanted on a felony warrant for Evading Arrest.

Millage Wayne Hawthorne is a 38-year-old white male who stands approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds.  He has tattoos on his upper arms and shoulders and has ties to the Palestine area of Anderson County.

The images included here are from multiple dates but the most recent photo was taken more than a year ago.

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 Millage Wayne Hawthorne, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or click the Tip button below. Calls and tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward if the information you provide leads to Hawthorne’s arrest.

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



02/08/2016 – Trespasser

Houston County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify a trespasser seen on property in Latexo at the end of January.  The image included here was captured by a game camera on the property and investigators suspect that the items the man is carrying are stolen.

Outside of the photo, there is little information available at this time but property owners are concerned about their safety.

If you can identify this man, 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.



02/08/2016 – Rollin’ Stolen

January 03, a truck was stolen from the parking lot of Pilgrim’s Pride in Lufkin.  Later that night, a friend of the truck’s owner happened upon the truck at a convenience store and contacted the police department.

The two men who had been driving the truck fled on foot when confronted by the friend and responding officers located one of them.  He was arrested for public intoxication but claimed he was a passenger in the truck and said he did not know the driver.

The suspects left crack cocaine and drug pipes in the truck.

Video from the convenience store shows that the arrested suspect lied.  That man drove the truck to the store and the actual passenger has not yet been identified so Crime Stoppers wants your help figuring out who he is.

The passenger is a white male and he was wearing a brown bomber-style jacket over a green hoodie and an orange bill baseball cap with a white “A” on its front.  “Ireland” is printed or embroidered in white script letters on the hood that he pulled over his head soon after exiting the truck.  

If you can identify the passenger, 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 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.



02/04/2016 – 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.



01/18/2016 – 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.