Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested a 46-year-old Lufkin man after he and another suspect allegedly stole a trailer and lawn equipment with a collective value of more than $13,000 on May 14.
Michael Kevin Williams is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on state-jail felony charges of possession of a controlled substance less than one gram, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and theft between $1,500 and $20,000. Collectively, his bail has been set at $55,000.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Lufkin Police officer responded to a residence in the 1200 block of Southwood Drive in reference to a stolen trailer. A man told the police that he saw two white men pull up to his neighbor's house and hook up to a trailer that was parked in his driveway.
The witness said after the two men hooked the trailer up to a black Chevy Trail Blazer, they took the front license plate off the SUV and placed it in the vehicle.
According to the affidavit, the neighbor followed the two men when they left the scene. He told police that he lost sight of them near the intersection of Lufkin Avenue and Loop 287.
The LPD officers then made contact with the owner of the trailer. They leaned that his trailer was a white Haulmark valued at $1,500, and that it contained equipment for his lawn care business.
Among the stolen items were a Grasshopper commercial mower valued $7,000, a Honda push mower valued at $1,000, two trimmers valued at $900, an edger valued at $350, a red Maxx blower valued at $500, a chain saw valued at $480, an Echo vacuum valued at $250, and a Shindawa blower valued at $300.
An LPD officer located the SUV at the convenience store's gas pumps. After tracking down the SUV's owner, another Lufkin Police officer learned that the woman knew Williams, who lived in the 300 block of Brentwood. LPD officers set up surveillance on the residence and spotted a black Chevy Trail Blazer that matched the one in photos provided by the neighbor and had the same license plate number.
When the SUV left the residence, an LPD officer made a traffic stop on it because it had expired registration. Michael Williams and a female passenger in the vehicle were both arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia During the traffic stop, the woman told police about a stolen trailer parked behind the house on Brentwood Drive.
A Lufkin PD detective questioned the woman and she told him the trailer contained at Grasshopper zero-turn mower. After the detective showed the woman a picture that the neighbor snapped of the one of the men who stole the trailer, she identified the man in the photo as Williams.
The detective traveled to the residence on Brentwood and got consent to search the property. He found the stolen trailer, and it contained the Grasshopper mower, a Honda push mower, and a weed eater. The stolen chain saw, two weed eaters, and a blower were located near the trailer.
Collectively, the trailer and the lawn care equipment were valued at $13,540.