Lufkin Police officers arrested three local men on theft charges Tuesday after a railroad employee spotted one of them acting suspiciously around the railroad tracks in the vicinity of 700 N. First Street and officers caught them stealing railroad spikes and other items.
"A railroad employee saw a black male around the tracks at 3:35 p.m., and thought he was stealing stuff," Lt. David Young of the Lufkin Police Department said. "Officers found three men there stealing buckets of railroad spikes and metal plates and putting them in a van parked near the tracks."
Lufkin residents Ray Garcia, 50, L.P. Lewis, 53, and Edwardo Reyes, 45, were all arrested at the scene, charged with theft of property between $1,500 and $20,000, and transported to the Angelina County Jail. No bond has been set for any of the three suspects at this time.
When LPD officers responded to the call, they allegedly found the three men loading the stolen railroad property into a Chrysler minivan parked near the intersection of Maple and Ash streets. The men were allegedly found to be in possession of a train tow chain valued at $2,000 and two buckets full of "metal rail anchors and tie plates."