Lufkin PD: Man broke into home, stole AC parts to make tattoo gun

Lufkin PD: Man broke into home, stole AC parts to make tattoo gun

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested a 27-year-old man on a burglary charge on Wed after he was allegedly found inside a home on Brookwood Place with air conditioner parts that he took from the residence.

Robert Cameron Howell, of Huntington, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree burglary of a habitation charge. No bail has been set at this time.

According to the narrative of the police report, LPD officers were dispatched to a home in the 1400 block of Brookwood Place in reference to a burglary. One of the officers made contact with the person who is in charge of the residence because he is in the process of repairing it.

The witness told police that Howell had entered the home without permission, and Howell admitted to being in the home when the witness arrived, the police report stated. The witness told the police that Howell had taken two air conditioning capacitors/condensers from the residence.

Howell allegedly told police that he had taken the air conditioner parts to make a tattoo gun. One of the parts was found on Howell during the initial search, and all of the parts were returned to the witness, the report stated.

According to the report, the witness told police the home was secure when the last time he was there. He also told the officers that it was obvious that Howell entered the home via the back door.

One of the officers took photographs of the entry marks on the back door that appeared to have been caused by a flat-tip screwdriver. Howell had a flat-tip screwdriver in his possession when he was detained, the report stated.

Howell was arrested at the scene and taken to the Angelina County Jail.

J.B Smith, executive director for Lufkin Crime Stoppers has a message for homeowners thinking of making house repairs.

He said  do your own research before letting someone into your home.

"Pick a company that will be responsible for their sub contractors," said Smith. " Also check with the Better Business Bureau or Chamber of Commerce for complaints. However, don't solely rely on their word because sometimes complaints are not filed."

He said to also do your own background check.  Ask for the contractors names and work history.

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