LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police say two Lufkin teens used an "old burglary trick" to burglarize three different homes. But they failed and are now in jail for the crimes.
According to the report, Otis Ray Daniels and Tony Ray McKind, both 18 and from Lufkin, were caught by a neighbor leaving a home on the 500 block of Park Lane. The pair fled the home on bikes but were caught by police on the 200 block of Lee Lane, according to the report.
The owner then returned home and did not discover any property missing from the home, but police did observe the home had been forced into.
During investigation, Lufkin Police learned Daniels and McKind attempted to burglarize two other homes, one on the 400 block of Arizona Avenue and the other on the 800 block of Carrol Avenue, the report states.
At one of the homes, they knocked on the door and when the owner answered, they asked them if they could be hired to mow the lawn, despite the lawn having been just mowed and they did not even bring lawn equipment, the report states.
At the other home, a dog scared them away, according to the report.
"These suspects were using an old burglary trick," Det. J.B. Smith said. "They knock on a door and if no one answers, they burglarize the house. But if someone does answer the door the would-be burglars claim to have the wrong house, to be looking for a non-existent friend, to be looking for a lost dog, or to be looking for a yard to mow."
Smith said that anyone encountering such suspicious activities should call Lufkin Police Department's non-emergency telephone number (936-633-0356) and anyone witnessing an in-progress burglary should dial 911. He also said that anyone with information concerning any burglary or another felony crime can submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers by calling 936-639-TIPS or online at www.LufkinCrimeStoppers.com. You'll never have to give your name and Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest of a felony offender.