LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A car listed in a Lufkin Crime Stoppers report about stolen vehicles turned out to have been a victim of mistaken identity.
According to Detective J.B. Smith, a spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department, an employee attempting to borrow a gold Toyota Avalon mistakenly took the vehicle that was reported stolen on Tuesday because it was "nearly identical in appearance" to the car he intended to borrow.
At 6 p.m. Wednesday, the woman that reported the car as stolen contacted the Lufkin Police Department and said that a fellow employee had returned the car to her and that the vehicle had been taken by mistake.
A Lufkin PD officer went to the Pilgrim's Pride plant located in the 1700 block of W. Frank Ave. and talked to the original complainant. She said a fellow employee borrowed a woman's keys and mistook her car for another gold-colored Toyota Avalon.
The man drove the car to his residence in Nacogdoches, and when he left for work the following day, he found the complainant's employee ID badge inside the vehicle. Then the man then contacted the Pilgrim's Pride Human Resources Department, and they in turn, got in touch with the Toyota Avalon's owner.
The LPD officer that went to talk to the two car owners noted that the second vehicle was "nearly identical in appearance" to the complainant's vehicle.
According to the original police report, the complainant told the Lufkin Police Department that between 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and 3 a.m. Wednesday, someone stole her gold 1995 Toyota Avalon from the employee parking lot at the Pilgrim's Pride plant. The woman told police she still had the car's ignition key in her possession.