LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Morgan Thomas - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police are investigating attempted robberies at least three businesses and one residence Thursday morning.
According to spokesman J.B. Smith, two juveniles are detained and police are searching for two more possible suspects.
Smith said burglars attempted a break-in at Bill's Gun Trader at 514 South Chestnut Street, a break-in at Citi Trends at 809 South Timberland Drive, a break-in at Morning Glory at 124 South First Street and a residence on the 100 block of Denman Avenue.
Steven Bruske, who owns Eastx Vacuum on Denman Avenue, said he saw four young men inside the Denman Avenue house. He called the owner of the house and asked if anyone should be in there. When the owner of the home told him no, he approached the four as they were leaving the house. He said they then ran away and he chased them for four blocks before police were able to arrive on the scene and apprehend two of the men.
The four had apparently used a weight to break a window and get into the house. They used paint that was in the house to spray graffiti in it.
"They broke in a window and a screen," Bruske said. "They had just remodeled the house - beautiful paint job. All that's been destroyed."
Citi Trends surveillance cameras showed four people breaking in through the glass door, then coming out with clothing.
Around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, the front door of Bill's Gun Trader was completely shattered. The bars behind it kept the would-be thieves out and away from what was behind it.
Guns. Ammo. Nothing you would want in the hands of thugs. An alarm and police phone call alerted Bill Pate.
"I got here and there was glass everywhere," Pate said.
If it were teenagers behind the break-ins - Pate hopes they get help.
"They need to be in reform school," Pate said. "Apparently their parents don't watch after them."
Bruske, says stepping in is something anyone can do.
"Just look out," Bruske said. "If you see something that isn't right. If it looks like a rat and smells like a rat -- it's probably a rat."
Smith provided the following timeline concerning the burglaries (times are approximate):
11 p.m.: Lufkin Police responded to an active alarm at Citi Trends. The officers found that the glass entry door to the business had been damaged and that the burglars had entered the business and had removed property from the business. Video captured by the business' security video camera system captured the actions of four suspects, described in the report as young, black, males, as they forced entry into the business by breaking the glass entry door and then removed property from within the business.
12:30 a.m.: Lufkin Police responded to an active alarm at Bill's Gun Trader. The officers found that the glass entry door to the business had been damaged but the burglars had not entered or removed property from the business.
8:30 a.m.: Dispatch received notification by telephone that four juvenile, male suspects were burglarizing a residence. The caller informed dispatchers that a witness was chasing the suspects on Zeagler Street. Officers detained two juveniles near Kurth Memorial Library.
8:30 a.m.: Dispatch received notification by telephone that a passerby observed a broken window at Morning Glory located at 124 South First Street.