LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police are calling a man in custody a "person-of-interest" in the door-kick burglaries following an arrest in the Crown Colony subdivision.
Police spokesman JB Smith said an officer was patrolling the subdivision at 7:07 p.m., when she was flagged down by a resident in the area of the intersection of Champions Drive and Walden Court, who said a black man was in her back yard. The officer drove near the Deerwoods II Apartments, where someone pulled in front of her.
The officer stopped the vehicle and arrested Corey Fleming, 42, of Lufkin, for not having a driver's license.
Smith said detectives are questioning Fleming right now and he is a person-of-interest in the door-kick burglaries.
"He's a large black man," Smith said. "And that fits the description of the door-kick burglar. But any large black man caught doing something suspicious is going to be a person-of-interest."
Smith explained that Fleming was sweating when the officer stopped him. He said he is listed at 6'2" and 240 pounds.
Lufkin Police have been investigating a series of burglaries for a few months in which someone kicks down the back doors to get into homes to burglarize them.