Angelina, Nacogdoches lawmen team up in arrests

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Two men who Lufkin Police say walked out on a bill at a Lufkin restaurant were later apprehended in Nacogdoches County by a state trooper.

According to police spokesman J.B. Smith, police ran a check on the getaway car after they walked out on the bill, around 3 p.m. The check revealed it was a stolen vehicle out of Nacogdoches County.

"They were able to get a license plate number of the vehicle they left in," Cpl. Wes Ross said. "When we checked that license plate number, it came back stolen out of Nacogdoches. The story we're getting right now is he was released from a state jail facility yesterday."

Police followed the suspect vehicle in unmarked cars until it reached Nacogdoches County, where a state trooper managed to pull them over just north of Hills Drive-Thru, Smith said.

According to Cpl. Wes Ross, Tommy Simmons, 27, had just gotten out of jail on Wednesday. The truck was reported stolen on the same day. He then took his nephew to lunch at Cafe Del Rio and left without paying.

Ross said they were arresting the Simmons, but the nephew probably did not even know about the unpaid lunch or stolen vehicle.

Simmons was booked at the Angelina County Jail.

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