Lufkin man allegedly drove stolen pickup, lived in stolen camper

Matthew Crawford (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Matthew Crawford (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested a 28-year-old man on an outstanding Angelina County Sheriff's Office warrant Tuesday night after he allegedly stole a Ford extended-cab pickup and a camper from a residence in the 90 block of John Kolb Road on Feb. 2.

Matthew Allen Crawford was allegedly living in the stolen travel trailer at the time that ACSO deputies located it.

Crawford, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony charge of theft between $1,500 and $20,000, a state-jail felony charge of possession of a controlled substance less than one gram, and two misdemeanor charges - assault causing bodily injury and failure to identify as a fugitive/intent to give false information.

Crawford's bail has been set at $3,000 for the two misdemeanor charges. No bail has been set for his felony charges yet.

According to the arrest affidavit, a black Ford extended-cab pickup and a camper were stolen from a residence in the 90 block of John Kolb Road on Feb. 2.

After ACSO detectives started investigating the case, a deputy responded to call in the Twin Oaks subdivision in reference to a disturbance and found the Ford pickup and the camper. However, when the deputy ran the truck's license plate, it came back clear, and he couldn't find the VIN or serial number on the camper.

A witness at the scene told the deputy that Crawford had brought in the truck and camper and that both of them were probably stolen. After the deputy learned of the stolen pickup and camper at a patrol briefing he returned to the lot at Twin Oaks and obtained video of Crawford leaving the trailer.

When the deputy asked Crawford where the black Ford was Crawford allegedly said the truck belonged to another man. Crawford also told the deputy that the camper was his, and that he was remodeling it.

On Feb. 5, an ACSO detective called the owner of the stolen property in to identify his camper on the video. The man did so and said there was a bag of clothes with some size 11 work boots in one of the camper's side compartments. The detective and several deputies went back to the Twin Oaks lot and found the bag full of clothes exactly where the victim said it would be, along with a receipt with the man's name on it. When the ACSO deputies entered they camper, they also found a Capitol One debit card with the victim's name on it.

Detective Kenneth LaVergne of the ACSO said the assault charge stems from the disturbance mentioned in the arrest affidavit. According to LaVergne, Crawford had parked the camper behind his brother's house and was living in it when the brother disconnected his electrical power.

Crawford allegedly went next door to confront his brother about it, and the two men got into a shouting match. At one point, Crawford allegedly hit his brother, pinned him against the wall, and started choking him, LaVergne said.

The brother's wife backed up her husband's story. LaVergne said there were also photos of visible injuries to the man's throat and back.

Crawford has numerous arrests on his record for felony charges including burglary of a building, theft, and possession of a controlled substance.

LPD officers arrested Crawford and a Lufkin, in the 800 block of N. Timberland Dr. after an officer recognized Crawford as being wanted on several warrants by the ACSO. He was allegedly found in possession of about .5 gram of methamphetamine. In addition, he initially gave the officers a false name.

The woman was picked up on a capias pro fine warrant for misdemeanor theft and was released earlier Wednesday.

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