Crockett man arrested for burglary after routine traffic stop

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Crockett man is in jail after a routine traffic stoplinked him to a burglary.

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

Lee was wanted for questioning regarding several unsolvedburglaries in the area.

"It was later discovered during the stop that the HoustonCounty Sheriff's Office had received numerous calls regarding a suspicioussuspect/vehicle that also matched the description of Lee and his vehicle," saidSmith. "Lee's vehicle contained a tiller, flat screen television, fishing polesand 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 hadbeen burglarized.

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

Lee was arrested on scene and charged with burglary of ahabitation.

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

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

"Traffic stops are an important part of a patrol officer'sduty each day," said Cross. "Not only for the safety of the driver and otherdrivers on the road, but sometimes a routine traffic stop leads to findingwanted subjects, recovering stolen property and solving other criminaloffenses."

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