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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).


2/23/2015 - False Start Robbery
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Crime Stoppers needs your help identifying a robbery suspect.

 

At 10:00 PM February 10, a man approached a convenience store on South First Street in Lufkin.  Investigators believe he intended to rob the store but he left when he found it was closed.  Twenty minutes later, the same suspect showed up at a store on South John Redditt Drive in Lufkin.  That store was open and the suspect did rob the clerk, getting away with money from two cash registers.

 

Witnesses described the suspect as a white male with a mustache and goatee, and said he kept his right hand in his hoodie pocket holding on to what appeared to be a handgun.  The suspect’s hoodie was a dark color, possibly black, and has the words “Old Navy Athletics Department” across its front.  The witnesses said the suspect’s vehicle is a small, four-door car, gray or silver in color, with plastic covering a passenger side window.

 

The suspect’s face is not visible in the videos from either store but portions of the videos from both stores are included here.

 

If you can identify this criminal or provide information that will help solve this crime and prevent future robberies, call 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 related to this crime.

 

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2/9/2015 - Probation AbsconderCAPTURED
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UPDATED FEBRUARY 25, 2015: Charles Lee Evans, Jr. is in law enforcement custody in Angelina County, Texas.

February 25, 2015, Charles Lee Evans Jr. was arrested in Angelina County on two felony probation warrants related to his June 2006 arrest and conviction for Theft of property valued at more than $1,500 but less than $20,000 and his January 2010 arrest and conviction for the offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.  According to Angelina County Jail records, Evans has been arrested for felony Theft, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Charles Evans Jr. is a 34-year-old white male who stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 250 pounds.  The image included here, showing Evans with a short-cut hair and a bushy goatee, was taken following a July 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.

This suspect(s) has been arrested but Crime Stoppers may pay a cash 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 at (936) 639-TIPS or submit a tip at www.DETCS.tips.  ALL CRIME STOPPERS CALLS AND TIPS ARE ANONYMOUS.

 



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2/3/2015 - Rifle TheftSOLVED
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Tuesday, February 03, 2015, Crockett Police Department Detectives sought, and a judge issued, warrants for the arrest of Skyler William Maynard, a 27-year-old white male with ties to Alto and Corpus Christi.  Information received from the public helped identify Maynard as the suspect in the January 31 theft of a rifle from Walmart, and allowed the Detectives to obtain warrants for the offenses of Theft of a Firearm a State Jail Felony and for Felon in Possession of a Firearm which is a Third Degree Felony.  Mynard was taken into in custody in Nueces County and has additional charges filed by Corpus Christi Police Department.

Just before 9:00 PM Saturday, January 31, 2015, Crockett Police Department officers were alerted to the theft of a rifle from Walmart, located on Loop 304 in Crockett.

Responding officers found that the thief is an unidentified white male who was wearing a red shirt, dark colored jacket, blue jean pants, a baseball cap, and brown boots.  Security cameras show that the suspect entered the store around 8:45 PM and made his way to the sporting goods department.  Once there, he made several passes through the area and appeared to be checking for store employees or witnesses.

After determining that no one was around, the suspect went behind the sales counter and attempted to open the display case containing rifles but when the doors failed to open, he broke the display case glass.

With the glass shattered, the suspect took a Bushmaster brand AR-15 rifle and fled the building through a fire exit door.  Outside, he ran to a late-model Ford Crown Victoria, grey- or silver-in-color, and left the area.

Magazines and ammunition for the rifle were not taken during this crime but officers caution that the suspect might possess either or both items.

The attached images show the suspect as he entered the store immediately before stealing the rifle.


This suspect has been arrested but Crime Stoppers may pay a cash 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 at (936) 639-TIPS or submit a tip at www.LufkinCrimeStoppers.com.  ALL CRIME STOPPERS CALLS AND TIPS ARE ANONYMOUS.

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2/2/2015 - Larcenists in Leather
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Crime Stoppers wants to pay you for identifying thieves.

January 17th, cameras inside Fuel City, located in the 1900 block of East Denman Avenue in Lufkin, captured video of a dark-haired man carefully selecting several leather vests from a display rack and then walking out of the store without paying.  A customer witnessed the crime and notified employees but the suspect had already reached his vehicle and left the area before anyone could stop him.

This case shares several similarities with another theft from two days earlier when a male suspect stole a leather jacket but video of that crime is not available.

In both crimes, the suspect is male, stole leather clothing from Fuel City, and fled the scene in a minivan.  Witnesses to the first theft described the suspect as a slender man, approximately six feet tall, with blond hair, and fuzzy facial hair.  The video of the second theft shows a tall, slim, dark-haired man wearing a dark jacket and pants, and what might be slide-style sandals and white socks.

The image included here was pulled from video of the second theft.  Below, you can view portions of the video.

If you can identify either of the thieves or provide information that will help solve these crimes, 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 these crimes.

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1/27/2015 - UPDATE: Hudson Robbery
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Hudson Police Department arrested Timothy Shane Mitchell for the January 12, 2015, Hudson convenient store robbery but Crime Stoppers still needs help identifying Mitchell`s driver.

The crime occurred just before 10:00 PM Monday, January 12, 2015, and cameras at the store captured video of the gun-toting Mitchell entering the store and threatening the clerk.  Below, you can view the security camera videos.

Mitchell entered the store and asked for cigarettes.  While the clerk retrieved the merchandise, Mitchell drew a handgun from his pocket and demanded money from the cash register.  While the video does not show a second suspect, it appears that someone else was the driver in this crime and that person waited in the parking lot on a four-door car.

With cash and cigarettes in hand, the Mitchell fled the store, jumped into the waiting car and fled the scene.

If you can identify the driver in this crime, 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 cash reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.


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1/26/2015 - Wanted Person: Terry Lee ShepherdCAPTURED
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UPDATED JANUARY 27, 2015: Terry Lee Shepherd is in law enforcement custody in San Jacinto County, Texas.

 

Terry Lee Shepherd is wanted on felony probation warrants related to his 2011 and 2013 arrests and convictions for Manufacturing or Delivering a Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone.  According to Angelina County Jail records, Shepherd’s prior arrests include charges of Family Violence Assault, Possession of Marijuana, Evading Arrest, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

 

Shepherd is a 29-year-old black male who stands 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds.  The image included here shows Terry Shepherd with unkempt hair, a goatee beard, and a mustache; the photo was taken in July of 2013 and his appearance might have changed.

 

Law enforcement officers know that Shepherd has family members living in Lufkin but attempts to apprehend him have been unsuccessful.

 

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.

 

This suspect(s) has been arrested but Crime Stoppers may pay a cash 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 at (936) 639-TIPS or submit a tip at www.LufkinCrimeStoppers.com.  ALL CRIME STOPPERS CALLS AND TIPS ARE ANONYMOUS.

 

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1/19/2015 - The Lunch Box Robbery
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Crime Stoppers needs your help identifying a man who robbed an employee of The Lunch Box restaurant on North John Redditt Drive in Lufkin.

 

At 7AM January 5th, the robber casually entered the building, withdrew and prepared a concealed handgun, and threatened an employee who was readying the restaurant to receive morning customers.

 

The black male suspect was wearing a pom-style toboggan cap, dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants, and what appear to be flat-sole deck-style shoes, possibly grey fabric with white soles.  The handgun he displayed was a semi-automatic with a black frame and a silver slide.

 

Below, you can view portions of the videos.

 

The video angles make it difficult to identify the robber’s physical characteristics but someone reading this article or watching the video knows this criminal and can provide the information necessary to solve this crime.

 

Although the robber pointed the gun directly at the victim, no one was injured.  The criminal took money from the cash register and the employee’s iPhone before fleeing from the area.

 

If you can identify this criminal or provide information concerning a similar crime, 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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1/12/2015 - Wanted Person: Sharon Elaine Harris
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Angelina County law enforcement officers are looking for SHARON ELAINE HARRIS.

As of January 12, 2015, Harris is wanted in Angelina County for False Report of Abuse.  The False Report of Abuse warrant was obtained following a Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) investigation that found Harris had, under Chapter 48 of the Texas Human Resources Code, falsely reported the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an elderly or disabled person.  An HSSC investigator requested Crime Stoppers seek the public’s assistance in locating Harris after repeated attempts failed to locate and arrest her.

Harris previously lived on Lazy Oaks Street in Lufkin but her present whereabouts are not known to law enforcement.  The image of Harris shown here was captured October 2010.

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 SHARON ELAINE HARRIS, or if you can provide information that might lead to her arrest, 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 cash reward if the information you provide leads to Harris’ arrest.

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1/5/2015 - Probation AbsconderCAPTURED
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January 05, 2015, Jarred Ty’Veon Hunt surrendered to law enforcement for the below-listed warrant.


Crime Stoppers wants your help locating an Angelina County probation absconder.


Jarred Ty’Veon Hunt is wanted on a felony probation warrant related to his April 2013 arrest and conviction for Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1.  According to Angelina County Jail records, Hunt has been arrested for Family Violence Assault, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Dangerous Drugs, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.


Hunt is a 20-year-old black male who stands 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 175 pounds.  The image included here shows Jarred Hunt with a flattop-style hair cut, and a mustache and goatee but the photo was taken in October of 2013 and his appearance might have changed.


Law enforcement officers know that Hunt has family members living in Lufkin and Diboll, and officers have investigated tips that placed him at a residence on Moore Avenue in Lufkin, but attempts to apprehend Hunt have been unsuccessful.


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.


This suspect(s) has been arrested but Crime Stoppers may pay a cash 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 at (936) 639-TIPS or submit a tip at www.LufkinCrimeStoppers.com.  ALL CRIME STOPPERS CALLS AND TIPS ARE ANONYMOUS.

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12/29/2014 - Car Wash Burglars
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Around 4:00 AM October 29, two men burglarized the change machines at a car wash on Southwood Drive in Lufkin.

 

Security cameras at the car wash show that the burglars drove a dark-colored Dodge Ram extended-cab truck with several decals on its rear window and a bed full of tools and junk, including a ladder and a five-gallon bucket like the type used for paint.

 

The low light video makes it difficult to identify the suspects’ physical characteristics but the driver is balding and might shave the little hair that does grow on his head.  He was wearing a light-colored t-shirt with what could be an image of antlers on its back.  The passenger wore multi-color pants, possibly a camouflage pattern, a long-sleeve shirt, and a baseball cap with the bill turned to the side of his head.

 

Below, you can view portions of the security videos.

 

For an hour and a half the suspects worked to open the machines, first prying with tools and then bringing an acetylene torch from the truck to try cutting their way to the prize.  Something must have startled them because they left the torch and gas bottles behind when they fled from the scene.

 

If you can identify these criminals or provide information regarding this burglary, 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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