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Affidavit: Lufkin man carrying bucket, crack pipe snatched cell phone from teen's hand

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Anthony Richardson (Source: Angelina County Jail) Anthony Richardson (Source: Angelina County Jail)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Lufkin Police officers arrested a 47-year-old man Thursday in regard to an incident in which he allegedly ran up to where a 16-year girl was stopped at an intersection in her car, snatched a cell phone out of her hand, and ran away.

Anthony Leon Richardson, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a state-jail felony charge of theft from person. No bail has been set at this time.

Richardson has had numerous run-ins with the law over the years. His arrest record dates back to 1994, according to Angelina County jail records, and it includes a variety of charges including theft, criminal trespass, burglary of a habitation, delivery of a controlled substance, and evading arrest.

According to the arrest affidavit, the incident occurred on Sept. 10 at the intersection of Abney Ave. and North Raguet St. A Lufkin Police officer was dispatched to the Burger King on South Timberland Dr. in reference to a theft.

The victim told the police officer that she got off work at approximately 10 p.m. and went to her boyfriend's residence on Sayers Street, according to the affidavit. She said they drove over to Jones Park and stayed there until about 11:30 p.m.

After she took her boyfriend home, she started to drive home to her residence on Lonestar Rd. The victim told police that she stopped her 2004 Hyundai at an intersection. She had her windows down, and she had her Verizon Optimus cell phone in her left hand as she leaned against the driver's side door, the affidavit stated. Her car charger and aux cable were both connected.

"Suddenly, a black male came up to the car without her seeing him approach, and the black male jerked the phone, with the cables, out of her hand," the affidavit stated.

The victim told the LPD officer that the man who took her phone was holding a bucket and a crack pipe in his other hand, the affidavit stated.

On Sept. 18, another LPD officer spotted a man matching the suspect's description on Cain Street. At the time, Richardson was carrying a 5-gallon bucket with a bottle of car wash soap inside. Richardson told the police officer he normally carries the bucket around because he cleans cars.

A Lufkin Police Department detective was assigned to the case on Sept. 23. When he called the victim to ask her about the cell phone theft, she told the detective that she had seen the man who took her phone sitting on a bucket at the car wash on Kurth Drive.

An interview and photo lineup was set up for Sept. 26. The girl recounted her story to the detective, and according to the affidavit, she immediately picked Richardson's mug shot out of a series of photographs.

The stolen cell phone was valued at $140.

Richardson has had numerous run-ins with the law over the years. His arrest record dates back to 1994, according to Angelina County jail records, and it includes a variety of charges including theft, criminal trespass, burglary of a habitation, delivery of a controlled substance, and evading arrest.

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