LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An investigator with the Lufkin Police Department have solved the Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week from May 26, which was the burglary of Renfro's Sausage on South Medford Drive.
"An anonymous Crime Stoppers Tip received early in June led the investigating detective to Jess Tyler Martinolich," said Detective J.B. Smith with the Lufkin Police Department.
Smith said Martinolich initially denied any involvement in the burglary. However, the LPD detective found information linking Martinolich to the crime, Smith said. Martinolich allegedly confessed to the crime some time later.
The Lufkin Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Martinolich for a state-jail felony burglary of a building charge. Smith said Martinolich was already in the Angelina County Jail on unrelated charges.
"The tipster identified KTRE as their source of knowledge regarding Crime Stoppers' interest in the crime," Smith said.
According to the May 26 Crime of the Week story, someone entered the Renfro Sausage building by breaking an exterior window and crawling into an office.
"Once inside, the burglars ransacked the office, scattering, destroying, or stealing nearly everything they found," the Crime Stoppers story stated. "Intent on causing as much damage as possible, they kicked open doors that were already unlocked and opened all of the freezer doors."
The suspect or suspects took two iPhones, two Dell laptop computers, and a set of commemorative coins, which had been minted in sterling silver in honor of the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada.
Martinolich is still being held in the Angelina County Jail. Although the burglary of a building charge hasn't shown up on the Angelina County Jail Web site, his existing charges include a third-degree felony charge of retaliation, a state-jail felony theft charge of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, a state-jail felony theft of a firearm charge, four Class A misdemeanor charges of burglary of a vehicle, and a Class A misdemeanor charge of evading arrest. Collectively, his bail has been set at $89,000.