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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.


11/24/2014 - Fuel Theft
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Just after midnight October 30, two men drove away from a Diboll convenience store with hundreds of gallons of fuel without paying and Crime Stoppers needs your help identifying them.

 

According to the investigating officer, the suspects manipulated the fuel pumps and transferred approximately $1,000 worth of diesel fuel into the tanks of two semi-trucks.  The suspects each drove white truck tractors pulling box trailers; one of the trucks appears to be a Freightliner.

 

In video captured by the store’s security cameras, the suspects appear to be Hispanic males.  One wore a striped blue polo-style shirt, black cargo pocket shorts, and white tennis shoes, and the other had a chinstrap style beard and wore a bright green or yellow t-shirt, brown cargo pocket shorts, and flip-flops.  The bright-colored t-shirt had a lion logo on the left chest area; the logo might be that of the Express clothing brand.

 

In the videos, the suspect in the blue shirt is seen only briefly standing outside the doors to the store but the other suspect entered the store and approached the counter, providing clear video of his face.  Below, you can view portions of the store’s security videos.

 

If you can identify the suspects, call Crime Stoppers 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 reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest related to this crime.



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11/17/2014 - Absconders
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Crime Stoppers wants your help locating three Angelina County probation absconders.

 

Jose Manuel Cordero is a 31-year-old white male who stands 5 feet, 06 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds.  He is wanted on a felony probation warrant related to his arrest and conviction for Driving While Intoxicated (with at least two prior convictions).

 

James Glenn Ellingburg II is a 25-year-old white male who stands 5 feet, 08 inches tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds.  He is wanted on a felony probation warrant related to his arrest and conviction for Possession of a Controlled Substance. 

 

Patrick Oneil Lewis is a 31-year-old black male who stands 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 155 pounds.  He is wanted on a felony probation warrant related to his arrest and conviction for Manufacturing or Delivering a Controlled Substance.

 

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 any 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 if the information you provide leads to an arrest of one of these absconders.

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11/10/2014 - Flare Gun Arsons
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Crime Stoppers of Lufkin needs your help identifying the persons responsible for three arson incidents.

 

Around the end of July, someone shot a flare into a house on Idylwood Drive in Lufkin.  The homeowner was readying the house for sale and it was vacant when the suspects fired a flare through a window.  The flare traveled through a front window, across the room, and landed on the wood frame of a rear window.  Both windows were damaged but the fire did not spread beyond the frame of the rear window.

 

Just before midnight July 21, a home on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was attacked in the same manner.  This time, the house was occupied and when the suspects fired a flare through a window they set fire to a couch.  The residents, who were sleeping at the time, woke to the smell of the couch burning.  They dragged the couch outside and extinguished the fire before more damage or injuries occurred.

 

Around 10:00 PM November 04, someone fired a flare into a portable toilet at construction site in the 2100 block of South First Street, setting fire to the interior.  An employee of a nearby business spotted the fire and called Lufkin Fire Department.  The flames were extinguished but the structure was destroyed.

 

Below, you can view photos of the damage.

 

If you can identify the suspects, or provide information concerning a similar incident or the theft of a flare gun, 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 reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest related to these crimes.

 

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11/3/2014 - Trifecta of CrimeSOLVED
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Multiple tipsters viewed this Crime of the Week article and photo and recognized the suspect as Draden Heath Copeland.  November 04, 2014, Copeland was arrested for the felony offenses of Robbery and Theft.



October 24, a man stole a dozen or so DVDs from Sam’s Club in Lufkin.  The theft was discovered when an employee found empty packaging in the parking lot.  Management reviewed security videos and saw that a white male wearing a tan work shirt and a hat was responsible for the theft.  That incident was reported to law enforcement and officers began the process of identifying the suspect.

 

One week later, on Halloween, the suspect returned to Sam’s Club and again stole DVDs by concealing them in his pants.  This time, employees contacted Lufkin Police Department and officers meet the suspect as he exited the building.  The officers detained the suspect, told him he was under arrest for theft, and attempted to restrain him and recover the stolen merchandise.  The suspect fought his way free from the officers, ran to his vehicle, and fled the area.  Two officers received cuts and abrasions during the struggle.

 

The images of the suspect shown here were pulled from the store’s security videos.  The suspect is a white male with dark hair and a mustache and goatee.  During both incidents, he wore a dark colored hat with a deer antler logo on its front and a tan work shirt with patches sewn over the pockets.  An employee believes “Heath” was on one patch and that the other patch included the letters “CC”.  Once free of the pursuing officers, the suspect drove away in a white or silver truck, possibly a newer model quad-cab Chevrolet with a paper license plate on its rear bumper.

 

Theft wasn’t enough for this criminal; he had to add Robbery (by causing injury during the commission of theft), and Resisting Arrest or Detention to his list of crimes.


 

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10/20/2014 - Without a HitchSOLVED
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A law enforcement officer in the Livingston, Texas area viewed the Crime Stoppers video and recognized the suspect/driver and his vehicle.  The investigator responsible for this case is working to file the appropriate charges.


Mid-day on a Tuesday in August, two suspects stole towing equipment from a vehicle parked in a busy parking lot in Lufkin.  The theft occurred outside of Academy on Brentwood Drive and the store’s security cameras captured video of the suspects and their vehicle.

 

The suspects arrived at and left the business driving what appears to be a dark-colored late nineties model Ford Taurus.  The image included at right was taken from one of the security videos and shows the suspects’ vehicle arriving in the parking lot.

 

The suspects are white males, both heavy-set.  One wore a mechanics-style uniform shirt, shorts, and a baseball cap.  The other suspect wore a blue t-shirt, shorts, white tennis shoes, and a baseball cap. 

 

Below, you can view portions of the security videos showing the suspects entering the store separately and later exiting together. 

 

After leaving the store, the suspect wearing the uniform shirt watched while the driver of the car, the suspect wearing the blue t-shirt, stole an Anderson Manufacturing adjustable-height trailer hitch from a truck they had parked next to.

 

This crime is nowhere near the most heinous ever committed, and some might think it is not worth Crime Stoppers time or reward money.  Crime Stoppers chose to profile this case because that truck could have belonged to anyone reading this article and the opportunistic thieves among us need to know that Crime Stoppers and this community will not remain silent while they victimize.

 

 

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10/13/2014 - Construction Site Burglary
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During the early morning hours of Thursday, August 28, 2014, someone burglarized a construction site located in the 1500 block of West Frank Avenue in Lufkin.  The crime was captured on video and Crime Stoppers of Lufkin needs your help identifying the burglar.

 

Video cameras monitoring the parking area and the entrance to the building captured images of the suspect approaching the building in a truck, entering the building through an unsecured door, and leaving with $2,500 worth of tools.

 

The videos do not provide much detail about the suspect or his vehicle but what can been seen is that the suspect drove a large, possibly a four-door, long wheelbase, truck and that the suspect is a tall, thin male, wearing a t-shirt, shorts, and a baseball cap.  The suspect appears to be a white male with long hair and a dark area around his right forearm and elbow; the dark area might be a tattoo or some type of brace.

 

When the suspect arrived at the construction site, he first attempted to enter a tractor trailer in the parking area and then moved to the building.  The way he pulled on the doors of the building might indicate that he expected to find one unlocked.

 

The suspect was inside the building for fifteen minutes and exited pulling a rolling cart loaded with tools.  He stole an 18-volt Porter Cable brand tool set (drill, impact driver, saws-all, and light), several rechargeable lithium tool batteries and battery chargers, a Dewalt brand angle grinder, a Black and Decker brand sander, a chop saw, as well as drill bits, taps, clamps, and handles.

 

The image shown here was pulled from the security camera videos.  Below, you can view portions of the security videos.

 

If you can identify this suspect or provide the location of the stolen tools, 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 reward for information that leads to an arrest related to this crime.

 

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10/6/2014 - Burglary by Design
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Minutes after midnight September 20, 2014, someone burglarized the Academy of Hair Design at 512 South Chestnut Street in Lufkin and Crime Stoppers of Lufkin needs your help identifying the burglar.

 

The criminal entered through the rear of the building.  Although his path can be tracked through video captured by security camera, he concealed his face by pulling his shirt over his head as the approached the lighted areas covered by the cameras.  Once inside, the burglar went through several rooms before taking a cash register drawer and fleeing scene.

 

The image shown here was pulled from the security camera videos but, due to low light and video quality, investigators were unable to readily identify the burglar.  Someone reading this article or viewing the video knows the identity of this criminal and his or her anonymous tip will solve this crime.

 

The burglar appears to be a black male in his mid-teens to early twenties with a short afro-style haircut.  While burglarizing the business, he wore slide sandals and dark-colored sweat pants that sagged nearly below his light-colored boxer shorts and had to be held with one hand.

 

Below, you can view portions of the security videos.

 

If you can solve this crime, 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 reward for information that leads to an arrest related to this crime.

 

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9/29/2014 - ShoplifterCAPTURED
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Numerous tipsters identified Michelle Sarah Thomas as the suspect in this case.  Thomas was arrested October 06, 2014.


Around 7:00 PM Tuesday, September 16, 2014, security cameras inside Target in Lufkin captured video of an unidentified female stuffing merchandise into a shoulder bag.  A Loss Prevention employee was unable to detain the suspect before she fled the store with the merchandise.

 

The total amount and value of the merchandise stolen is not known but, after viewing the video, the employee believes two pair of pants, body lotion, hair conditioner, and men`s Gillette shaving cartridges are among the items stolen.

 

The suspect is described as an overweight, black female wearing a thin-strap, yellow tank top and blue, possibly fleece material, capri-style pants.  Her short, combed-back hair had a reddish tint and she carried a blue and black shoulder bag with a white, triangular shaped logo on its side.

 

The image included here was pulled from the security camera video.  Below, you can view the video.

 

Thefts such as this typically are misdemeanor offenses but prior convictions for any grade of theft can enhance the punishment to a Felony.  Crime Stoppers chose to profile this theft as a warning to other would-be thieves that crime, regardless of type or punishment level, will not be overlooked.


 

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9/22/2014 - Midnight Mower Thief
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Crime Stoppers of Lufkin needs your help identifying a mower thief.

 

Over the night of August 28, 2014, an unidentified suspect burglarized a building at Southern Tractor, located on North Medford Drive in Lufkin.  The suspect used bolt cutters to cut a large section of chain link fence and gain entry into a building used to store riding lawnmowers.  Once inside, the suspect pushed aside a large rotary cutter and drove a Hustler brand mower out of the building and through the hole they created in the fence.

 

A surveillance camera captured a short video of the suspect approaching the scene on a bicycle and riding away on the mower but due to distance and low light, the video is of little use until the suspect is identified.  Below, you can view the video.

 

The stolen mower is a zero-turn-style Hustler X ONEi (model 931949), similar to the one shown here.  It is yellow in color and has a 52-inch mower deck.  At the scene, the suspect left a red in color Mongoose brand bicycle and a pair of bolt cutters.

 

If you can identify the criminal responsible for this crime, or provide information concerning the location of the stolen mower, 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 reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest related to this crime.

 

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9/15/2014 - Anti-Theft
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Numerous tipsters correctly identified the same person as the female shown in the attached image.  The investigator responsible for this case is working to determine if the person was involved in the burglary and laptop theft or if they can provide information concerning the crime.


Crime Stoppers of Lufkin needs your help identifying the person, or persons, responsible for the burglary of a residence.

 

August 22, 2014, a Lufkin resident returned home to find a door to their apartment, located at 807 South Second Street, unlocked and a Toshiba laptop computer missing from within the residence.

 

According to the victim, anti-theft software installed on the computer allowed for the remote activation of the laptop’s webcam.  The software is designed to capture a series of still images of anyone or anything in front of the camera.  The victim provided the images included here and reported that the software captured additional images but all were blank, as if the webcam had been covered.

 

Crime Stoppers and the investigating detective do not know whether the person shown in these images is a suspect in the burglary or the theft of the computer, or not, but the information provided by the victim indicates that the person was looking at the screen of the laptop after it was stolen.  If the person is not involved in the crime, identifying them will help determine where the computer was and who had it when the images were captured.


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