LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - As a result of further investigation into the man arrested in the Crown Colony subdivision on Nov. 6 as a "person of interest" in the rash of door-kick burglaries, the Lufkin Police Department obtained two additional arrest warrants for burglary of a habitation Tuesday.
After the LPD arrested Fleming for traffic violations, the department began investigating Fleming as "a possible suspect in more than twenty burglaries that occurred between August and November of this year at residences located throughout Lufkin."
"The burglaries that we're seeking arrest warrants for could be classified as door-kick burglaries," Detective J.B. Smith, a spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department said. "We're confident that Fleming is likely to be linked to more burglaries as the investigation continues."
The suspect, Corey Fleming, 42, of Lufkin, is currently being held in the Angelina County Jail on three charges of burglary of a habitation, a TDCJ parole warrant for delivery of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams, a no driver's license charge, and a failure to yield right-of-way from a private road or driveway charge. Collectively, his bond has been set at $251,000.
According to a press release from the Lufkin Police Department, Fleming was arrested on Nov. 6 after a witness spotted him in the yard of a Champions Drive residence. Although Fleming fled on foot, the LPD established a perimeter and stopped Fleming's 2001 Mercury four-door car.
"Fleming was sweating profusely, his shoes and pants were wet from contact with the wet grass and shrubbery, and he refused to cooperate with the officers," the press release stated.
When Lufkin Police officers search Fleming's residence in the 1900 block of Pineburr Street, they recovered evidence linking him to at least one burglary. A judge issued an arrest warrant for Fleming for a burglary of a residence in the 200 block of York Drive that occurred on Sept. 9.
"Fleming denied involvement in any burglary, but an item found at his residence linked him to the York Drive burglary; the item had the victim's name on it," the press release stated. "Detectives seized other items from Fleming's residence for further investigation."
The two additional warrants were in connection to burglaries of residences on Templewood Lane and Summerset Drive. According to the press release, the detectives recovered jewelry linking Fleming to both burglaries.
They recovered two bracelets that were reported stolen in the Templewood Lane burglary, which occurred on or about Nov. 2. In addition, they recovered a high school football championship ring belonging to former Lufkin High School football standout Reggie McNeal, a former Cincinnati Bengals player who is currently a free agent with the Canadian Football League. The championship ring was reported missing as a result of the Summerset Drive burglary, which occurred on or about Oct. 5.
"The investigation into the burglaries will continue, so that detectives may identify any other burglaries committed by Corey Fleming," the press release stated.