Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: Gone fishing

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: Gone fishing

LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - You should know about and be on the lookout for phishing scams where someone attempts to learn your personal information by pretending to be someone else but have you ever thought about someone actually fishing for your information?

Video from outside an East Texas apartment complex office shows a black male using a string and sticky paper to fish envelopes from an after-hours drop box used by residents to pay rent. The incidents occurred around 2:30 the mornings of July 2 and July 4.

On July 2, the suspect wore a light colored T-shirt and pants with a light and dark colored pattern and lettering all over them. On July 4, he wore shorts, a T-shirt, and a baseball cap with a New York Yankee's "NY" logo and what might be an MLB Authentic Collection 59FIFTY Cap sticker on its bill. He has short hair and smokes, and both dates he wore slide sandals with light-colored socks.

In the video, which can be viewed at and, the suspect is seen repeatedly using his fishing device to remove items from the rent drop box. Investigators do not know what the suspect planned to do, or has done, with the items he stole from the box but they know that he used sticky paper attached to a string because the paper broke away from the string and employees found it inside the box.

If you know the identity of this criminal, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or submit a tip online at Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.