LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County grand jury indicted a 42-year-old Lufkin man, the suspect in the door-kick burglaries, on eight counts of burglary of a habitation on Jan. 31. A burglary of a habitation charge is a third-degree felony.
Corey Lee Fleming, 42, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on eight burglary of a habitation charges, a parole warrant for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, and two misdemeanor traffic charges. Collectively, his bond has been set at $1.22 million.
The three most recent burglary charges are for crimes committed on Aug. 20, Aug. 25, and Sept. 26 of 2012. On Aug. 20, a Lufkin Police officer was dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of River Oak. According to the police report, Fleming allegedly entered the home through the back door into the garage and partially ransacked it. He allegedly took an estimated $12,285 in jewelry.
During the course of the investigation, Fleming was arrested as he was allegedly fleeing the scene of another burglary. After LPD detectives obtained a search warrant for Fleming's residence in the 1900 block of Pineburr Street, they found several items of jewelry that were identified by the victim, including a gold pocket watch she had given to her husband years before.
On Aug. 25, the Lufkin Police Department was dispatched to a home in the 100 block of Hemlock Street, where the home owner told the officer about a burglary that occurred on Aug. 18. On that date, the home owner locked herself in her bedroom after someone allegedly broke into her home. She managed to climb out the window before the suspect kicked in the door to her bedroom. Nothing was found to be missing at that time.
"Officers also noticed that the phone box on the outside of the home was broken and all of the phone lines had been pulled apart," the arrest affidavit stated. "This is the same method of burglaries observed by officers in two other home burglaries on Oleta Street the night before."
However, when the woman returned to her home on Aug. 25, she found that her residence had been burglarized again. The back door of the house had been kicked in and the suspect had allegedly rummaged through the drawers in the bedroom. One chest of drawers and a red jewelry box were found in the home's backyard.
The victim gave LPD detectives a list of the missing jewelry, including several custom-made rings, a pair of earrings, and a pendant. As was the case with the previous burglary, the victim identified several pieces of jewelry that Lufkin PD detectives recovered from Fleming's residence.
LPD officers investigated a similar burglary at a residence in the 200 block of Maplewood on Sept. 26. At the time, it just appeared to be a case of criminal mischief; the victim reported that someone had pulled out her phone and alarm lines, but it didn't look like the suspect had entered her home. At the time, Lufkin Police officers responded to two similar burglaries in that neighborhood that had occurred around Sept. 26. The woman called the next day, and told LPD officers that someone had pried open her patio door and taken several items of sentimental family jewelry, including her dead husband's wedding band and a gold necklace with a cross pendant. The gold necklace with the cross pendant was recovered when Lufkin Police detectives searched the residence.
According to the arrest affidavit, Fleming's girlfriend allegedly pawned numerous items taken during the various burglaries in Lufkin and Houston. According to the three arrest affidavits, the woman told police that she didn't know the items were stolen.
Fleming is also the suspect in similar burglaries that occurred on Montclair Street, Summerset Drive, York Drive, and Templewood Lane. The burglaries occurred between Sept. 9 and Nov. 2. of 2012. Jewelry taken in those burglaries included 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.
Lufkin Police officers arrested Fleming on Nov. 6, 2012, after a witness spotted him in the yard of a Champions Drive residence. Although Fleming allegedly fled on foot, the LPD established a perimeter and stopped Fleming's 2001 Mercury four-door car in that area.
"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," an LPD press release stated.