LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - Within hours of when the story about the suspect who allegedly stole DVDs from Sam's Club on two separate occasions and assaulted LPD officers who tried to take him into custody was original posted on KTRE's Facebook and home pages, the tips started pouring in to Lufkin Crime Stoppers Monday.
"Multiple anonymous tipsters viewed the Crime Stoppers article and photo from this morning and recognized the suspect," said Det. J.B. Smith, a spokesman for Lufkin Crime Stoppers. "The investigator responsible for this case is working to file the appropriate charges."
According to a press release, a man stole at least a dozen DVDs from the Sam's Club store in Lufkin on Oct. 24. Surveillance videos showed that a man wearing a tan work shirt and a hat was responsible for the thefts.
A week later, the same suspect decided that he wanted to add more stolen movies to his collection. He again stole DVDs from Sam's Club by hiding them in his pants. However, this time, Lufkin Police officers met him at the front door when he left the store.
When the officers told the man he was under arrest and tried to restrain him, so they could recover the stolen merchandise, he fought his way free from them. The suspect then ran to his vehicle and fled the area. Two LPD officers received cuts and abrasions during the scuffle.
"Theft wasn't enough for this criminal," the press release stated.
The initial shoplifting charge would have been a misdemeanor. However, because the man allegedly caused injury during the commission of the second theft incident, the suspect will be facing a felony robbery charge and a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge.
The suspect is the white male shown here in images pulled from security videos. He has dark hair and a mustache and goatee. During both incidents, he wore a deer antler logo hat and a tan work shirt with sewn-on ID patches. An employee believes "Heath" was on one patch and "CC" was on the other. The suspect drove away in a white or silver truck, possibly a newer model quad-cab Chevrolet with a paper license plate on its rear bumper.