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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.


7/28/2014 - Deposit ThievesSOLVED
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Numerous tipsters identified the same persons as the suspects in this case and investigators are working to verify the information and file appropriate charges.


Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help identifying several male suspects who acted together to steal a cash deposit from a convenience store.

 

At approximately 3:00 AM June 30, 2014, four males arrived at a convenience store on West Frank Avenue in Lufkin.  All four were passengers in a gold or light brown colored SUV.  One of them, while shopping in the store, noticed that an employee had mistakenly left a cash deposit sitting on top of a cash register.

 

After discussing his discovery with one conspirator, he enlisted the assistance of another and then worked to distract the employees while his partner pocketed the money and returned to their vehicle.

 

All of the suspects are black males.  The two shown here, in an image taken from the store’s security camera video, were directly involved in the theft and the other two appear, based upon the video, to have known about the theft but were waiting in the vehicle when it occurred.

 

The suspect wearing a white tank top and black shorts pulled low enough to expose his blue underpants was the first to see the deposit and later distracted the employees by asking about food in the deli area.  The suspect wearing the dark blue or black t-shirt and black, oversize shorts entered the store, went directly to the cash register, and stole the money.

 

Below, you can view portions of the security video.


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7/21/2014 - Probation Absconders
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Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help locating twelve Angelina County probation absconders.

 

The following 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.

 

As of June 16, 2014, the following persons were wanted for the Revocation of Probation:

 

  • Armando Jesus Delacruz - CAPTURED 06-24-2014
  • Chasity Randall - CAPTURED 06-18-2014 REWARD PAID
  • Crystal Gail Berry (White | Female | 10-26-1979 | 5’02” | 125 lbs)
  • Dameon Dewayne Hooper - CAPTURED 07-31-2014
  • Hector Perez (White | Male | 04-04-1991 | 6’01” | 150 lbs)
  • Jesus Gomez Aguilar Sr (White | Male | 12-24-1960 | 5’08” | 165 lbs)
  • John Dennis Jackson (Black | Male | 10/28/1958 | 5’10” | 200 lbs)
  • Kevin Dewayne Henry - CAPTURED 07-25-2014
  • Sonya Elaine Moye (Black | Female | 08-09-1973 | 5’01” | 130 lbs)
  • Stacy Elizabeth Stokes - CAPTURED 06-20-2014
  • Tammy Berry Houston - CAPTURED 06-24-2014
  • William James Stovall - SURRENDERED 07-22-2014

 

If you know the current location of any of these wanted persons, or if you can provide information that might lead to their capture, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or click the “Solve this Crime” link below to submit a tip.  All calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

 

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7/14/2014 - Mail ThiefSOLVED
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Crime Stoppers tipsters provided information that assisted investigator in identifying the suspect in this case.


Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help identifying a male who stole mail.

 

The evening of Saturday, June 07, 2014, a Lufkin resident reported that a package delivered to their residence, located in the 100 block of Moss Drive, had been stolen.  The victim stated that US Postal Service package tracking information indicated car radio equipment had been delivered to the residence the previous date but the victim did not find the package. 

 

A camera mounted outside the residence captured video of a white male walking onto the porch of the residence at approximately 7:30 PM the previous night.  The suspect was out of range of the camera for just over a minute but when he walks away from the residence he is carrying a package that, according to the victim, contained the car radio equipment.

 

According to the video, the suspect is a tall, thin-build white male.  If the color of the video is accurate, the suspect wore a grey t-shirt with text and a logo on its front, red pants, a red and white baseball cap, and possibly work-style boots.  Although covered by the cap, his hair color appears to be red or light brown.

 

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

 

 

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7/7/2014 - Wallet ThiefSOLVED

Early on day this article was posted, the suspect in this case saw the Crime Stoppers spots regarding the stolen wallet and contacted the investigating detective.  He returned the wallet to victim with none of its contents missing.  Because the victim received all of her property, she declined to pursue a criminal charge of Theft.

 

Shortly after 5:00 AM Wednesday, March 05, 2014, a male suspect followed a female customer out of a convenience store on West Frank Avenue in Lufkin.  The woman had paid for her purchases and was carrying her wallet tucked under her arm.  As she stepped from a curb onto the parking lot, the wallet fell to the ground.  When she reached the fuel pumps and her vehicle she noticed that she had dropped the wallet but before she could walk back to the front of the store, the thief had picked up the wallet, carried it to his vehicle, and drove away.

 

Months have passed but the wallet and its contents have not been returned to the victim.

 

Witnesses described the suspect as a white, possibly Hispanic, male.  He is shown here in an image pulled from the store’s security video.  At the time of the theft, the suspect wore a camouflage-pattern jacket and black knit cap.  He was driving a light blue, late model Ford Mustang with chrome or polished aluminum rims.

 

Below, you can view video of the suspect, the suspect’s vehicle, and the theft.

 

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6/30/2014 - Purse SnatchersCAPTURED
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Numerous tipsters identified Colby Ray Callaway and Nathan Paul Blacksher as the offenders in this case.  Both have been arrested.


Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help identifying a purse thief and his accomplice.


Just before 2:00 PM Thursday, June 12, 2014, a purse was stolen from the parking lot of Sam’s Club in Lufkin.  Video cameras outside the building captured the crime and cameras inside the business captured images of the suspects.


The videos show that one suspect approached the victim as she placed her purchases in her vehicle.  When the victim walked away from her shopping cart, the suspect grabbed the victim’s purse and ran to a waiting vehicle.


The victim was not injured and her purse was eventually recovered but the suspects stole the victim’s money.  A witness followed the suspects’ vehicle but lost sight of it on Old Diboll Highway. 


The suspects are the white males shown here in an image pulled from the videos.  The male wearing a white t-shirt and a black Under Armor brand hat stole the purse from the shopping cart and the male wearing a green t-shirt with a white logo and “ROCKAWAY” on its front was the driver of the getaway vehicle.  The suspects’ vehicle is a white, older model, single-cab Ford truck


Below, you can view portions of the videos showing the suspects, the suspect’s vehicle, and this crime.


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6/23/2014 - MISSING PERSON: SHEILA ANN MORTON
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Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help locating Sheila Ann Morton of Huntington and bringing to close the nearly-month-long mystery of her disappearance.


Mid-afternoon Monday, June 02, 2014, 33-year-old Sheila Morton left her 3-year-old son with the child’s father at a residence in Allen Town.  Reportedly, Sheila was intoxicated and left behind her car, her purse, and her keys; it appears that she took only her mobile telephone and her wallet.


Sheila is a 4-foot, 11-inch tall white female weighing approximately 140 pounds.  Her eyes and her nature hair color are brown but her family reported that just before disappearing she changed her hair color to a dark red or maroon color.  She has a tattoo of the letters S A M on her right arm.  Sheila had worked at Logan’s Roadhouse in Lufkin but recently quit.


The photograph included at right showing Sheila with long hair was posted to her Facebook page at the end of May.  The other photograph was captured by a convenience store video system the day she disappeared.


While law enforcement has not uncovered evidence necessary to determine that criminal conduct led to Sheila’s disappearance, investigators find the circumstances suspicious.  Her family has expressed concerns that she might not have access to necessary medication and stated that her absence from her son is unusual.


If you can provide information concerning Sheila Ann Morton’s disappearance, 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 assists this investigation.

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6/9/2014 - False AlarmSOLVED
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Multiple tipsters correctly identified the suspect in this case but the Church declined to pursue a criminal charge related to the burglary.  Even though criminal charges were not filed, the case was solved and the Crime Stoppers of Lufkin Board of Director paid a reward to the anonymous tipster who provided the first, most accurate tip.


Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help identifying the suspect in an investigation involving burglary and a false alarm.

 

Just before 5:00 AM Friday, May 23, emergency responders from Lufkin Fire Department and Lufkin Police Department were sent to an active alarm at a church on East Denman Avenue in Lufkin.  After searching the large, multilevel building, the responders determined that no emergency existed.  A review of videos captured by the church’s security cameras revealed that an unidentified suspect had entered the building and activated the alarm.

 

The suspect appears to be a white male wearing glasses, a black t-shirt with yellow printing on its front and back, and black athletic shorts with white stripes on each side.  He was barefoot and had a military-style haircut – shaved on the sides and back and close-cut on the top.

 

Below, you can view video of this crime.

 

Investigators do not know what, if anything, the suspect took from the building but he was inside and around the building for an hour and a half.  He also activated a fire alarm when no fire existed, and false alarms cause emergency responders to be unavailable for actual emergencies.

 

 

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6/2/2014 - Beer ThiefSOLVED
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Multiple tipsters identified Armando Jesus Delacruz as the suspect in this case.  Delacruz was arrested June 24, 2014.


Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help identifying two suspects in a theft investigation.

 

Although the case involves the theft of property with a low monetary value, property was stolen from a Lufkin-area convenient store and an employee narrowly escaped injury.

 

One of the suspects entered the store, collected two cases of Bud Light beer from a cooler, and then ran from the store without making payment.  Once outside, the suspect dropped the beer into the bed of a truck and jumped in the passenger seat.  An employee of the store attempted to recover the beer from the truck’s bed but the vehicle sped away, ripping the case from his hand and spilling cans across the parking lot.

 

The suspects’ truck is a red, single-cab Ford Ranger with a step-side bed, and a black, plastic, double lid toolbox.  The driver of the truck is not visible in the video but the passenger appears to be a white, possibly Hispanic, male with facial hair; he worn a t-shirt with the words “New York” above a logo on its front.

 

Below, you can view video of this crime.

 

Crime Stoppers chose to profile this crime as a warning to other would-be thieves.  Punishments for such thefts can be stiff, and prior theft convictions or injury to an employee can enhance the penalty to a Felony.

 

This suspect have been identified but Crime Stoppers of Lufkin may pay a reward for information that leads to the arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.  If you can provide information about a felony crime or a wanted felon, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or submit a tip by clicking the "Give a Tip" link at right.  ALL CALLS AND TIPS ARE ANONYMOUS.

 

Since 1983, the Crime Stoppers of Lufkin Board of Directors has approved more than $230,000 in rewards for tipsters whose information helped solve more than 1,400 local crimes and helped capture more than 1,200 suspects and wanted felons.

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5/26/2014 - Packing Plant Burglary

Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help identifying the person, or persons, responsible for the burglary of Renfro Smoked Sausage located in the 1200 block of South Medford Drive in Lufkin.

 

Over the night of Sunday, February 16, someone entered the building by breaking an exterior window and crawling into an office.  Once inside, the burglars ransacked the office, scattering, destroying, or stealing nearly everything they found.  Intent on causing as much damage as possible, they kicked open doors that were already unlocked and opened all of the freezer doors. 

 

The burglars took two iPhones, two Dell laptop computers, and a set of commemorative coins.  The coins were minted in sterling silver in honor of the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada.

 

Unfortunately, this crime was not captured on video so your assistance in identifying the burglars and finding the stolen property is vital.  Evidence collected at the scene might allow investigators to prove the criminals’ involvement in the crime but the investigators need your help to identify them.

 

Under the Crime of the Week section of www.LufkinCrimeStoppers.com, you can view photographs showing the damage caused by these criminals.

 

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

 

Since 1983, the Crime Stoppers of Lufkin Board of Directors has approved more than $230,000 in rewards for tipsters whose information helped solve more than 1,400 local crimes and helped capture more than 1,200 suspects and wanted felons. 

 

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5/19/2014 - WANTED PERSON: JA’VONTE DA’LEONE HUNTCAPTURED
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Ja`Vonte Da`Leone Hunt was arrested July 01, 2014, in Angelina County.


Crime Stoppers of Lufkin wants your help locating Ja’Vonte Da’Leone Hunt.  As of May 19, 2014, Angelina County Community Supervision and Corrections Department holds a Revocation of Probation warrant for Hunt’s arrest.

 

In June of 2013, Ja’Vonte Hunt was placed on probation for a term of four years following his arrest and conviction for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance.  The conviction followed his October 2012 arrest in Lufkin for Evading Arrest and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Officers responding to a burglar alarm saw Hunt walking in the area; when they attempted to speak with him, he fled on foot.  After a short chase, the officers took Hunt into custody and found him in possession of approximately one gram of an off-white, rock-like substance that field tested positive for the presence of cocaine.

 

Ja’Vonte Da’Leone Hunt is a 21-year-old, black male with black, short-cut hair and brown eyes.  He stands approximately 5’10” tall and weighs approximately 205 pounds. 

 

The image of Ja’Vonte Hunt shown here was captured in April 04, 2014, following his arrest for Criminal Trespass.

 

His last verified address was on Oak Hollow Place in Diboll but recent attempts by probation officers failed to capture him at that address.

 

Public records concerning Hunt’s dealings with law enforcement in Angelina County date back several years and include arrests for offenses related to narcotics possession and engaging in organized criminal activity.

 

The listed warrant information was correct and current when published but may no longer be current or correct when read.  Warrants and charges must be verified before arrest.  NEVER attempt to apprehend any suspect yourself; doing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action.


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