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Crime of the Week

Beginning February 16, 2015, Crime Stoppers of Lufkin's Crime of the Week case will also appear on the Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers website.  At www.DETCS.tips you will find information concerning crimes and wanted persons from Angelina and surrounding counties.

Three options for submitting a tip:

  • Online (Submit a Tip)
  • Telephone (936-639-TIPS)
  • Text message (text keyword 639TIPS and your tip information to CRIMES -- numerically, CRIMES is 274637)

Crime Stoppers programs are private, non-profit organizations that assist law enforcement but are not part of law enforcement.  As long as the tipster uses the published Crime Stoppers tipline telephone number, website address, or text message instructions, neither Crime Stoppers nor any law enforcement officer/investigator will know the tipster’s identity.  Anonymity is not Crime Stoppers’ promise -- it is the law.  In Texas, a person, including a law enforcement officer, may commit a crime if they intentionally or knowingly divulge the identity of a Crime Stoppers Tipster.  To further ensure a tipster’s identity is never known, Crime Stoppers pays rewards only for anonymous tips; tipsters who identify themselves are not eligible for payment.

Tips are accepted regarding any crime or wanted person, whether publicized by Crime Stoppers or not.  In-progress crimes and emergencies should be reported to law enforcement (dial 9-1-1 for emergencies).


5/25/2015 - Probation Absconder
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Crime Stoppers and Angelina County Probation Officers are looking for a probation absconder who was sentenced to eight years of community supervision after being convicted of a second degree felony crime.

As of May 25, 2015, Sonya Elaine Moye is wanted on a probation warrant related to her arrest in 2005 for the offense of Robbery.

In 2006, Moye was convicted and sentenced to eight years of probation.  In subsequent years, courts issued orders imposing additional terms of probation and orders extending her community supervision but she has failed to comply with the terms of her sentence and in January of this year an Angelina County Court issued a revocation of probation warrant.

Sonya Elaine Moye is a 41-year-old black female with black hair and brown eyes who stands approximately 5 feet tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds.  The images included here were taken following a December 2012 arrest.

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 know the current location of Sonya Elaine Moye, or if you can provide information that might lead to her arrest, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This Crime” link below, or text keyword 639TIPS and your tip information to CRIMES -- numerically, CRIMES is 274637.  All 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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5/18/2015 - Bungled BurglarySOLVED
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UPDATED 05/19/2015

Crime is never funny but its hard not to laugh at a criminal who injures himself while committing the crime.

Around 11:30 the night of May 11, 2015, a Lufkin resident heard noises at his front door.  When he went to investigate, he saw a young white male running away.  To figure out what the young man was doing outside the house, the resident turned to the security camera that monitors the front door. 

The video showed that the noises were the rocks being thrown at his house and the suspect kicking and hitting the front door.  Before tripping over the edge of a raised flowerbed and stumbling into the darkness, the suspect burned his hand trying to unscrew a light bulb. 

The suspect was identified May 19, 2015.  While the investigation is not complete, the incident appears to be one of criminal mischief and not a burglary attempt.

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5/11/2015 - Felony Absconder
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Crime Stoppers and Angelina County Probation Officers are looking for a probation absconder who was sentenced to five years of community supervision after being convicted of two drug-related crimes.

As of May 11, 2015, Koty Joe Jones is wanted on two felony probation warrants related to his arrest and conviction for the offense of transporting a chemical with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance and for the offense of possession of a controlled substance.

In 2010 and 2011, Jones was sentenced to five years of probation but he has failed to comply with the terms of his sentence and in March of this year an Angelina County Court issued two revocation of probation warrants.

Koty Joe Jones is a 31-year-old white male with brown hair and brown eyes who stands 5 feet 05 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds.  The image included here was taken following an October 2014 arrest.

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 know the current location of Koty Joe Jones, or if you can provide information that might lead to his arrest, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve This Crime” link below, or text keyword 639TIPS and your tip information to CRIMES -- numerically, CRIMES is 274637.  All 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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5/4/2015 - Funny Money
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UPDATED 05/04/2015 @ 6:07 PM:
This case might be solved; an anonymous tip identified a likely suspect.  The case is still under investigation and you can submit tips about this case but remember that if a reward is paid it will go to the first tip that identified the suspect.

Sunday, April 19, a white male wearing a grey AND1 brand t-shirt, black baseball cap, denim shorts, and white tennis shoes passed counterfeit money at a Lufkin gas station.


The suspect was a passenger in a black and gold late model Ford Expedition, and paid for gas using fake ten and twenty dollar bills.  

Video of the crime shows that the suspect has numerous tattoos on his arms and neck.  Included here are portions of the store’s videos.

The store clerk thought something was wrong with the money because of the way the paper felt in his hand.  Two of the ten-dollar bills had the same serial number and other bills were missing key security features, such as watermarks.

With the technology currently available to the public, criminals can produce authentic-looking counterfeit bills but, if you know the signs, fake US currency is easy to spot.

You can find information concerning the features of genuine Federal Reserve Notes online at www.secretservice.gov/know_your_money.shtml.  If you doubt that a bill is genuine, contact your local police department.

If you can identify this suspect or provide information concerning the vehicle or its other occupants, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve this Crime” link below, or text keyword 639TIPS and your tip information to CRIMES -- numerically, CRIMES is 274637.  All 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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4/20/2015 - Packaged Pills
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Crime Stoppers needs help putting a name to a face.  The face being that of a woman attempting to mail enough alprazolam to treat one person for nearly 70 years.

March 16, 2015, the woman shown here appeared at a postal and shipping business on North Timberland Drive seeking ship a package.  During the transaction, the item to be shipped had to be repackaged and while completing that process employees saw that the woman was attempting to ship over 100 grams of alprazolam.  

Alprazolam, a benzodiazepine and the generic form of Xanax, is intended to treat anxiety and panic disorders but some abuse it with the hope of creating a euphoric, worry-free feeling.  Four milligrams is the daily maximum dosage for alprazolam.  So, the suspect’s 100 grams were either going to treat the population of a small town for a month or one person for a lifetime, or it was being shipped for an illicit purpose.  Whatever the suspect’s reason for moving her pharmacy, she left the medication behind and fled the business when the employees learned the contents of the package.

Employees described the suspect as a black female with “LOYAL T” tattooed on her right arm.  The suspect is shown here in an image captured as she left the business.

If you can identify this suspect or provide information concerning her possession and shipping of the prescription medication, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve this Crime” link below, or text keyword 639TIPS and your tip information to CRIMES -- numerically, CRIMES is 274637.  All 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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4/13/2015 - Phony PaychecksCAPTURED
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An anonymous tip identified Kim Edward Johnson as the suspect in this case. The investigator responsible for the case verified the anonymously-provided information and obtained a warrant for Johnson`s arrest for the offense of Forgery, a State Jail Felony.

 

Just before 5:00 PM February 27, a man approached the customer service counter of a North Timberland Drive grocery store and presented a check to be cashed.  The check appeared to be a genuine payroll check issued by a local business and the man left the store with several hundred dollars.  

A few minutes later, a man presented a check to another grocery store, this one on South Chestnut Street in Lufkin.  That check also appeared to be a genuine payroll check issued by a local business and the man left the store with several hundred dollars.

The following day, a man presented two checks to a grocery store on West Frank Avenue in Lufkin.  Those checks were cashed and the man received more than $1,000.

Weeks later, the stores learned that the checks were fraudulent.  A review of video from each of the stores showed that the same suspect passed all four of the bogus checks.  The videos show the suspect to be a stocky-build black male who either shaves his head or is bald.  He had a mustache and a patch of hair beneath his bottom lip.

The suspect was driven to and picked up from one of the stores in a dark colored, small car but he driver remained in the car and parked too far from the building for video to be used to identify the vehicle.

Included here are portions of the stores’ surveillance videos.

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4/6/2015 - Steak Knife RobberyCAPTURED
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Numerous tipsters identified Quentin Lorenz Yarbrough as the suspect in this case. The investigator responsible for the case verified the anonymously-provided information and obtained a warrant for Yarbrough`s arrest for the offense of Aggravated Robbery. 
The Crime Stoppers of Lufkin Board of Directors authorized a reward and that reward has been paid to the anonymous tipster who provided the first, most accurate tip.

Crime Stoppers Tipsters identified a man who used a steak knife to rob an employee of a Lufkin business.


The employee described the criminal as a six-foot tall black male with his hair in dreads on top and clean-shaven on the sides.  During his first trip through the store, he wore a red hoodie with “Glory Boyz” printed across the chest but, when he returned two hours later, he had removed the hoodie and was wearing a tan watch cap. He has a tattoo around his left arm that a witness described as being biblical scripture.

He attempted to use a credit card to purchase a PlayStation3 game system but when the card was declined he displayed a steak knife.  Apparently, he thought displaying a weapon would cause the employee to handover the merchandise.  When the employee didn’t react, the thief turned to robbery and attacked the employee.

Thankfully, the assault on the employee did not result in injury but the criminal succeeded in taking the PlayStation.  He ran to the front of the store and fled in a small, dark-colored, four-door car.

Included here are portions of the store’s surveillance videos.

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3/30/2015 - CounterfeiterSOLVED
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Numerous tipsters identified the same person as the suspect in this case. The investigators responsible for the case is working to verify the suspect`s identity and obtain a warrant for her arrest.
When multiple tipsters provide the same information, and the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors authorizes a reward, the reward is paid to the first, most accurate tip received. The Board will determine which tip that is once an arrest is made.
Investigators are looking for a woman who passed counterfeit money at a store on Highway 103 East in Angelina County.  The image included her shows the white female suspect in the act of passing the fake money.

Although criminals can produce authentic-looking counterfeit bills, if you know the signs, fake US currency is still easy to spot.  

Features of genuine Federal Reserve Notes issued since 1996 include special paper embedded with red and blue fibers, a large, off-center portrait, a watermark that is visible from either side of the bill, and an embedded polyester strip inscribed with the denomination of the bill.  At www.newmoney.gov, you can find information concerning the features of genuine Federal Reserve Notes online.  If you doubt that a bill is genuine, contact your bank or local law enforcement agency.

Converting fake money to genuine currency is the goal of most persons passing counterfeit money.  One simple way to achieve their goal is to purchase items of little value and “pay” with a larger-than-necessary bill, such as using a counterfeit $20, $50, or $100 bill to pay for a few dollars’ worth of merchandise.  If not caught by the store employee, the counterfeit bill can make its way to another customer.


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3/23/2015 - 100% Off SaleCAPTURED
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Numerous tipsters identified Carlos Josue Chavez as the suspect in this case. The investigators responsible for the case verified the suspect`s identity and obtained warrants for his arrest. Chavez was arrested March 27, 2015.
When multiple tipsters provide the same information, and the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors authorizes a reward, the reward is paid to the first, most accurate tip received. The Board will determine which tip that is once an arrest is made.
Employees of a Lufkin Mall store reported that twice in January an unidentified man created his own inventory reduction sale.  The terms of the sale were simple; everything that fit in his bags was free.

The criminal is a white or Hispanic male with dark hair and a goatee.  The first day of his 100% off sale, he wore a dark blue polo-style shirt over a long-sleeve white shirt, blue jeans, and a Dallas Cowboys star logo hat.  When he returned two days later he was wearing tan cargo-pocket shorts and a white American Eagle branded hoodie with grey sleeves.

Employees recognized the thief during his second trip through the store but it was too late and he walked out of the store with bags overloaded with stolen merchandise.

Video from both days show that the thief entered the store with nearly empty shopping bags from another store and then stuffed them full of whatever he liked.  He took polo-style shirts, t-shirts, boxer shorts, and women’s Christmas-print panties.  

Included here are portions of the stores surveillance videos.


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3/16/2015 - Diboll Vehicle Burglaries
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Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers wants your help identifying vehicle burglars.

During the early evening hours of March 03, 2015, an unidentified criminal, or criminals, burglarized at least four vehicles parked in the Deer Trace subdivision in Diboll.  The vehicles’ owners had attended a gathering at a residence located near the intersection Deer Trace Boulevard and Red Bud Avenue, and all the vehicles were unattended from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.

The vehicles were locked but valuables left inside were visible from outside and the criminal(s) forced entry by breaking a window on each vehicle.  The victims’ purses were stolen along with prescription medications, money, credit cards, identification, telephones, and other personal property.

Two people reported seeing a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood around 7:30 the evening these burglaries occurred.  Both described the vehicle as a light-colored four-door card, possibly white or beige, and said it drove through the small neighborhood at least six times.

Included here are photographs of the damage caused to the victims’ vehicles.

Other vehicle burglaries occurred in the East Texas area the same night as the burglaries described here.  Some vehicles were left unlocked and others had their windows broken but the crimes might have been prevented by removing the valuables from the vehicles AND locking the vehicles’ doors.  Making your vehicle, your home, and yourself a harder target for criminals can reduce your likelihood of being a victim.

If you can solve these crimes, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS, click the “Solve this Crime” link below, or text keyword 639TIPS and your tip information to CRIMES -- numerically, CRIMES is 274637.  All 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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