LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email
LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have arrested a Diboll woman in connection to theft of a pickup and office equipment from a business with which she was once employed.
Shawna Renee Jordan, 35, of Diboll, is charged with burglary of a building and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
According to the police report, the investigation into the thefts began on Nov. 17 when a witness reported seeing three people and two vehicles in the parking lot of a AcraTex Industries, located at 417 E. Lufkin Ave. The witness said that they saw them loading property from the store into a pickup truck at about 7 p.m. and drove off when they noticed the witness looking at them. However, the witness waited more than two hours to report the activity.
The responding officers discovered the business had been burglarized and office equipment was stolen from the building, as well as a dark blue Ford 500.
The witness described the suspects as two black men and a white woman. They also said the woman was driving the pickup.
At about 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 18, the Angelina County Sheriff's Office responded to a vehicle fire at McNiel Cemetery in Huntington and discovered the burning vehicle as the stolen pickup.
Using information provided by the witness and employees of the store, a detective identified Jordan, a former employee, as the driver of the stolen pickup.
A warrant was issues for Jordan's arrest on Dec. 29. She was arrested at about noon on Tuesday when a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agent saw Jordan go into Tractor Supply, located at 511 North Brentwood Drive. A police officer responded to the scene and arrested Jordan.
As the investigation into the burglary continues, police spokesman Det. J.B. Smith said the witness should have called police earlier.
"If she had called in when she first saw it, we may have caught the burglars and the truck would not have been burned," he said. "When you see something suspicious, it's usually for a reason, so please call it in right away."