LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have managed to link a man already charged with stealing a retired Texas ranger's gun to his stolen car.
The investigation began on Aug. 13 when retired Texas Ranger Pete Maskunas reported his Toyota Camry stolen from his residence.
Police found the car abandoned three days later, and arrested Anthony A. Colquitt, 20, of Lufkin on Aug. 19.
Officers pulled over a Mercury Grand Marquis on the 700 block of Persimmon Avenue at 3:22 p.m. Colquitt, who was a passenger, jumped out of the car and began running away. An officer caught up to him and Colquitt fought with him but officers managed to place him under arrest.
During the arrest, officers recovered a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380, which had been reported stolen from Maskunas.
On Aug. 26, an LPD crime scene technician matched a palm print lifted from the Camry to a known print of Colquitt.
Police obtained a warrant for Colquitt's arrest on Tuesday and Texas Ranger Steven Rayburn arrested Colquitt the same day.
He is now charged with unauthorized use of a moter vehicle. His bail was not set as of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.