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Crockett man arrested for burglary after routine traffic stop

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

A Crockett man is in jail after a routine traffic stop linked him to a burglary.

According to Detective Clayton Smith with Crockett Police, on Wednesday July 17, officers conducted a traffic stop on a white Mercury Mountaineer for a traffic offense. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 37 year old Robert E. Lee.

Lee was wanted for questioning regarding several unsolved burglaries in the area.

"It was later discovered during the stop that the Houston County Sheriff's Office had received numerous calls regarding a suspicious suspect/vehicle that also matched the description of Lee and his vehicle," said Smith. "Lee's vehicle contained a tiller, flat screen television, fishing poles and numerous other items that were all in plain view to the officers."

During questioning, Lee admitted to officers that he was at a residence that had been burglarized.

A deputy with the sheriff's office arrived on scene and was able to confirm that the items in the vehicle were stolen from a residence in the county.

Lee was arrested on scene and charged with burglary of a habitation.

There are several other charges pending on Lee at this time.

Crockett Police Chief David Cross released a statement in a press release about the importance of traffic stops.

"Traffic stops are an important part of a patrol officer's duty each day," said Cross. "Not only for the safety of the driver and other drivers on the road, but sometimes a routine traffic stop leads to finding wanted subjects, recovering stolen property and solving other criminal offenses."

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